Rabbit's Bedtime

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What was good about today? Thus begins this lyrical invitation to reflect on a day well spent. In gloriously simple fashion, Rabbit's Bedtime illustrates the satisfying balance of creating, sharing, thinking, and learning that sustains every child. Above all, it reveals the power of love. A sweet enticement to reflect on the events of the day before nodding off to sleep

At bedtime a rabbit ponders the good things that happened during the day and how there was time ...

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Overview

What was good about today? Thus begins this lyrical invitation to reflect on a day well spent. In gloriously simple fashion, Rabbit's Bedtime illustrates the satisfying balance of creating, sharing, thinking, and learning that sustains every child. Above all, it reveals the power of love. A sweet enticement to reflect on the events of the day before nodding off to sleep

At bedtime a rabbit ponders the good things that happened during the day and how there was time to work, time to play, time to dance, laugh, and cuddle.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
As a young rabbit prepares for sleep, the pleasures of the day are recounted in couplets: Time with others. Time alone./Time to nurture seeds I've sown.' In the day, there was also time to play, sing, cuddle, and hug. Each activity is impressively captured in Wallace's distinct cut-paper artwork; the colors invite readers to linger, and the scenes are immediately recognizable. The positions struck by the rabbits, e.g. two bunnies dancing about in the spray of a sprinklerare remarkably natural. While the rhymes and imagery are highly accessible, Wallace has added incidentals that expand the age range for the book, such as ladybugs, dragonflies, or a crab in a fish tank, that are fun to discover and identify. The final image of the bunny hunkering down with a teddy bear will bring smiles.
Kirkus Reviews
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This is a book that could launch a ritual. In small collages, we see a bunny parent and child approaching bedtime transitions with the segue question--"What was good about today?" There come a string of rhythmic, rhyming responses that reflect a celebratory look at the work, play, laughter, singing, and communion of the day. The book's psychology will appeal to parents, the rhythms will appeal to their children, and the idea of reflection will calm everyone. 2000, Houghton Mifflin, Ages 2 to 4, $12.00. Reviewer: Susie Wilde
Children's Literature
This charming book about Rabbit, as he ponders his day at bedtime, is translated into a Spanish/English bilingual version. Each page has a sentence in Spanish with the English translation in italics below. "¿Qué fue lo mejor del día de hoy? What was good about today? Lo mejor fue tener tiempo para trabajar y tiempo para jugar. There was time to work and time to play." The wonderfully detailed illustrations are created with a cut-paper technique using scissors, a glue stick, tape, tweezers, origami and found paper. The pages are sturdy with rounded edges, making the book durable for a toddler's repeated reading. There is always a great need for quality bilingual books, and this one would make a wonderful addition to an early childhood classroom. It is also a lovely bedtime book¾of course, particularly valuable to bilingual parents and children. 2000, Houghton Mifflin, $9.95. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Cheryl Peterson
Library Journal
PreS-Shades of Goodnight Moon. Instead of bidding adieu to objects in Baby Rabbit's room and world, this youngster and a parent approach bedtime by recounting the activities of the day in simple rhyme. The text and collages depict a day full of work, play, quiet time, reading, cuddling, and hugging. If the effort as a whole borders on the cloying, the clean design and the book's small, square format make it a likely success. The artwork is so simple and colorful that the book will work both for bedtime reading at home and small storytimes.-Sue Sherif, Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, AK Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
As a young rabbit prepares for sleep, the pleasures of the day are recounted in couplets: "Time with others. Time alone./Time to nurture seeds I've sown." In the day, there was also time to play, sing, cuddle, and hug. Each activity is impressively captured in Wallace's distinct cut-paper artwork; the colors invite readers to linger, and the scenes are immediately recognizable. The positions struck by the rabbits—e.g., two bunnies dancing about in the spray of a sprinkler—are remarkably natural. While the rhymes and imagery are highly accessible, Wallace has added incidentals that expand the age range for the book, such as ladybugs, dragonflies, or a crab in a fish tank, that are fun to discover and identify. The final image of the bunny hunkering down with a teddy bear will bring smiles. (Picture book. 1-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395982662
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,427,890
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Wallace

The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars is a unique collection of poems gathered by cut-paper artist Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. Opening the pages of this beautiful book is like stepping through the gates of a well-loved garden. Using her tiny scissors, her love of nature, and her great sense for the world of children, she invites us to explore this playful and lovely constellation of poems with her.

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