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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Simple, rhythmic'' text about a farmer who rocks each barnyard animal to sleep is ``perfectly accompanied by . . . reassuring illustrations,'' commented PW . Ages 2-6. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-- As twilight, then night, settles on a farm, a farmer rocks his baby. Once the infant is asleep, he rocks first the dog, then the hen, and all the rest of the farmyard creatures, one by one. Finally, he sits down in a chair next to his bed and rocks himself. Children will delight in the progression of ever-larger beasts that the nurturing man tends. Hamm's rhythmic text has the animals ``dreaming well,'' ``snoring loudly,'' ``settled down,'' ``tucked in straw,'' etc. A refrain at the end of most sentences invites listeners' enthusiastic naming of the animals. The cartoonlike watercolor illustrations on each spread depict the chubby farmer and his goofy-looking, charming animals as he moves from house to barn on his nightly rounds. Although bright, the pictures are somewhat static with little change in perspective. Still, with its low-key humor and lullaby cadence, the book is as warm and reassuring as a hug. --Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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4 - 6 Years

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