It's Time to Sleep, My Love

It's Time to Sleep, My Love

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by Eric Metaxas, Nancy Tillman

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A lyrical lullabye for family sharing, gorgeously illustrated by New York Times bestseller Nancy Tillman.

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A lyrical lullabye for family sharing, gorgeously illustrated by New York Times bestseller Nancy Tillman.

Editorial Reviews


As in On the Night You Were Born, the words directly address a young listener with comforting, fanciful imagery . . . Culminating in a final scene of a sleeping child in a floating bed under a watchful moon, this gentle, tender offering will buoy children with its strong messages of safety and love.
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Many parents will welcome this opportunity to tell their children how special and loved they are.
School Library Journal


Beyond the soothing titular refrain repeated throughout, troubles cripple this ode to bedtime ritual. Without strict stylistic technique, the verse is unnecessarily redundant, and cumbersome phrases such as "And as you dream inside your sleep" will trip up readers. Adults will surely have to explain the lines "Your dreams will be arriving soon./They'll float to you/in sleep's balloon./They'll be here when I snuff the wick,/you'd better close your eyelids quick." The book's design clearly favors Tillman's richly hued digital and mixed-media composite paintings over the text. Though fans of Tillman's On the Night You Were Born (Feiwel & Friends, 2006) will likely gravitate to this title, general readers will do better to look to other books for their evening routine.-Bethany Isaacson, Wheaton Regional Library, Silver Spring, MD

Kirkus Reviews

With a rhythm similar to Mem Fox's Time for Bed (1993), fishes croon, a turtledove coos, an otter utters and other animals otherwise sing bedtime praises to a tired little girl. What sets this lullaby apart are Tillman's dramatic, digitally created illustrations, enhanced with chalk, watercolor and pencil. As in her recent On the Night You Were Born (2007), a menagerie of wildlife appears, from a crouching frog in a foggy pond to a mother and a baby tiger wrapped in flowering jungle vines, all preparing for sleep against detailed, luminescent backgrounds. When the text reaches the refrain, "So, go to sleep, my love," the little girl is carried or nestled by panda, swan or reindeer. And just as the girl finally reaches sleep, the cast of creatures arrive by foot and hot-air balloon to bring her dreams to her. Readers of Tillman's previous title will also recognize the reappearance of the glistening moon, this time at the quarter, which blows sparkles of light across the evening sky. A luxuriant bedtime retreat for children and parents alike. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Feiwel & Friends
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Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 5.92(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 2 Years

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“It’s time to sleep, it’s time to sleep,”

the fishes croon in waters deep.

The songbirds sing in trees above,

“It’s time to sleep, my love, my love.”

“It’s time to sleep, my love.”

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