Song of Night: It's Time to Go to Bed

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A soothing good-night picture book in the spirit of Time for Bed (Mem Fox/Jane Dyer) where cuddly baby animals and their loving parents prepare for bed. Stunning illustrations.

As night falls, all the little animals are in their homes getting ready for bedtime. A young duckling splashes in the bathtub as his mother looks on. Two kittens snuggle up to their papa cat as he reads a bedtime story. A bear cub gets a nice back-rub before she climbs into bed. A daddy bear sings quietly...

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Overview

A soothing good-night picture book in the spirit of Time for Bed (Mem Fox/Jane Dyer) where cuddly baby animals and their loving parents prepare for bed. Stunning illustrations.

As night falls, all the little animals are in their homes getting ready for bedtime. A young duckling splashes in the bathtub as his mother looks on. Two kittens snuggle up to their papa cat as he reads a bedtime story. A bear cub gets a nice back-rub before she climbs into bed. A daddy bear sings quietly as his baby drifts off to sleep. Every spread is filed with Riley's gentle, humorous details--the baby bunny has bunny slippers, a busy ladybug cavorts across the pages--and children will find dozens of small images to amuse them and hold their attention while their parents are reading. All over, little animals and their parents prepare for sleep, just like little children and their parents do.

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Publishers Weekly
Riley and her daughter, newcomer Nakamura, team up for a look at the bedtime rituals of eight parent-and-child animal pairs. "Mice brush their teeth/ without a care./ They make a mess/ most everywhere," accompanies a scene of mild bathroom chaos that may well remind fans of Riley's Mouse Mess (the book itself makes a cameo appearance in a scene of a feline family's bedtime reading). The rhymes are workmanlike ("Baby Bear will softly sigh/ as Daddy sings a lullaby"), but the humorous details of the vignettes (as Little Skunk prepares for bed, a ladybug sprays perfume in the air) and Riley's signature velour-like textures exude the warmth of familial connections. One especially congenial full-bleed spread toward the end gathers all eight families together as they gaze up at a full moon. Ages 3-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This gentle bedtime story has many creatures sharing in nighttime rituals. A bunny is lovingly tucked in and kissed good night. A duckling takes its nighttime bath. Mice brush their teeth, dogs sing a bedtime song to their puppy, kittens in their "jammies" are read to, a baby skunk's back is rubbed, Daddy Bear sings a lullaby to Baby Bear, and Mommy Squirrel hums a song to her baby in a nut swing. All the while the stars fill the skies and finally are towed by cloud boats as the big moon hangs low in the sky. The story is told in simple, pleasing rhymed couplets. The illustrations are big, soft and appealing with their fuzzy texture. There are many humorous touches in the pictures. The illustration of baby bunny asleep shows a ladybug also tucked in under the pillow. The two-page spread of the mom and pop skunks rubbing down their baby shows the same ladybug spraying perfume into the air behind Daddy Skunk. The cats are reading Linnea Riley's Mouse Mess. And indeed the mice in this book also make a mess with their Rodental Floss and toothpaste. The book should be fun for children and adults. 2002, Blue Sky Press/Scholastic,
— Carol Raker Collins
School Library Journal
PreS-As a mother rabbit settles her bunny in for the night she says, "And now all children, just like you, get ready for their bedtime, too." So begins the gentle verse that describes how ducklings, mice, puppies, "Cats in jammies," and assorted other animals go to bed, as each parent lovingly adjusts the covers, reads a book, or sings a lullaby. Riley's cheery, oversized illustrations will bring smiles to toddlers as they look for details in the pictures, such as a ladybug who sweeps up the room, rows in the bathtub, and uses a perfume atomizer in the skunks' home. Rhyming couplets complete the bedtime ritual. A warm and fuzzy choice that is sure to inspire sweet dreams.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Illustrator Riley (Mouse Mess, 1997, etc.) teams up with daughter and first-time author Nakamura to create a loving bedtime ballad. A rabbit mother serenades her wee bunny to sleep, singing about the evening rituals of various animal babies. Nakamura's serene verses keep to familiar territory for little readers, as animals diligently brush their teeth, splash in a tub, and hear a bedtime lullaby. Gentle rhymes and a comforting rhythm are conducive to quiet time, with an added dash of whimsy to stir imaginations. "The moon is big and round and low. / Cloud boats sail, with stars in tow." Riley's full-color illustrations complement the tranquil text. Large-scale, lifelike drawings of the assorted animals are easy for young readers to identify while the softly muted hues convey the sense of approaching night, setting the scene for sleep. A generous dose of wry humor livens up the pictures; mice use "rodental floss," bunnies gaze at a giant carrot constellation in the sky, a small ladybug sprays perfume near the skunk family, and more. A snug tale to share before lights out. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439266789
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.36 (w) x 11.81 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    My 18 month old daughter's favorite book! She wants it read ove

    My 18 month old daughter's favorite book! She wants it read over and over all day! She loves when I make the animal sounds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2008

    excellent bedtime story

    my daughter loves this story. she needs to read it every night before she goes to bed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2008

    Wondeful Book!!!

    I have been reading this book to my children since birth and now they read it to me! It's such a sweet bedtime story! A child's book collection isn't complete without it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2004

    I love this book!

    The book has wonderful, lush pictures. It is one of my favorite books, for the illustrations alone. I never get tired of reading it - even when my son wants to read it again and again!

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