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In a house on a hillside, a restless child is not quite ready for sleep. As twilight descends, the world outside her window comes alive with the musical sounds of crickets, birds, toads, and other baby animals harmonizing in a cozy, comforting lullaby. The illustrations offer plenty of visual clues for watchful young readers, and the sweet night creatures are anything but scary for little ones who are afraid of the dark. Gentle, lilting prose makes for relaxing bedtime reading, so even the most ansy little child ...
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In a house on a hillside, a restless child is not quite ready for sleep. As twilight descends, the world outside her window comes alive with the musical sounds of crickets, birds, toads, and other baby animals harmonizing in a cozy, comforting lullaby. The illustrations offer plenty of visual clues for watchful young readers, and the sweet night creatures are anything but scary for little ones who are afraid of the dark. Gentle, lilting prose makes for relaxing bedtime reading, so even the most ansy little child will drift off to hillside dreams.

A wild child is not ready for bed, but all around her are animals settling in for the night to the tune of a hillside song.

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Children's Literature
There is something appealing about the unfettered anthropomorphism of books for the very youngest readers and listeners. Here is a hillside full of young ones—chick, hare, toad, deer, and the wild child in the house—each resisting bedtime in its own baby animal way. Each sequence follows a comfortable, predictable pattern, setting the scene, pushing the child's wild energy to the foreground, then enfolding reader and listener in a gentle mother-and-child resolution. A rhyming couplet (e.g., "Sweet clover/scoot over!") follows two anapestic verses in each baby animal vignette. The animals' bedtime romps faithfully echo scenes familiar to homes with young children. Bedtime stragglers will find both comfort and playfulness in these pages. Margie Moore's soft paintings evoke a traditional nursery rhyme mood, as well as seeming to pay homage to other bunnies and deer immortalized in children's literature. The child's wildness seems a trifle more contained in the illustration than the words appear to suggest. In the final scene, the stuffed toys on the child's pillow bring the narrative to an interesting, visual, unifying point. 2006, Dutton, Ages 4 to 8.
—Uma Krishnaswami
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PreS-Gr 2-It's evening, and in a cozy house on a hill, "there's a wild little child/not ready to close her eyes." Tucked in her bed, the little girl hears the sounds of the nearby animals, as birds, raccoons, frogs, and deer settle their babies down and the crickets sing the creatures and the child to sleep. This slight bedtime tale is told through simple, rhymed language, and it might calm fears about nighttime noises. The delightful animals, painted with soft edges, are the main feature here, and youngsters will enjoy nodding off with these gentle, twilight-hued images in their heads. There is a slight inconsistency between text and illustration, as the "wild child" looks quite serene. A supplemental purchase for larger collections.-Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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A wild, sleepless child is lulled into slumber by the night noises of the forest animals outside her window. That chirp she hears? That's a baby chick asking his mom to bring him one last drop of dew before she coos him to sleep. Mother rabbit gives her bunnies one last chase to get out their energy before they settle in close together. And little cricket is learning from his mother how to play the hillside song. Each night noise that may startle young children as they attempt to find sleep is attributed to nature-rustling in the leaves, frog croaks, etc. Moore's serene artwork in soft tones of blues, browns and greens will do its part in setting a bedtime atmosphere. The sweetly drawn animals tucked in tight for sleep will tempt even the wildest child to listen to his own hillside lullaby and give in to the Sandman. A must for every child with a window to the great outdoors and a heart that will listen to nature's song. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525472155
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 3/2/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.28 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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    Soothing rhyme and muted nighttime illustrations make a perfect, calming, bedtime book.

    "Hillside Lullaby" is filled with love and nature. It is about a little girl who is not quite ready to go to sleep. She listens for nature's lullabies. Meanwhile, out in nature a variety of animals bond with their Moms and then settle down for the night. Soothing rhyme and muted nighttime illustrations make a perfect, calming, bedtime book. Margie Moore's illustrations lull visually while the comforting text creates a sense of relaxation.

    "There's a breeze on the hill blowing sleepy and fresh, like the breath of the harvest moon. And tucked in the cattails, a bold little toad echoes his mother's tune. Peep, peep. Dream deep!" . . . There's a cricket in tall grass. He's tuning his wings and learning the hillside song. His mom plays beside him, a chorus of strings. The whole hillside sings along."

    In the end, the peaceful hillside songs accompany the little girl into dreamland.

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