Sweet Dreams/Dulces Suenos (My Family/Mi Familia Series)


Shh, shh, close your eyes.
Shh . . . shh . . . Cierra los ojitos.
Outside, the rabbits are ...

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Shh, shh, close your eyes.
Shh . . . shh . . . Cierra los ojitos.
Outside, the rabbits are sleeping,
Afuera, los conejitos están durmiendo and the birds, and the squirrels.
junto con los pajaritos, y las ardillas.
Inside, Grandma tucks us snugly into bed.
Adentro, Abuelita nos da las buenas noches.
The stars and moon are shining bright.
Las estrellas y la luna brillan.

Sweet dreams!
¡Dulces sueños!

As warm and comforting as a grandmother's voice, this endearing book in the My Family/Mi familia series makes bedtime a soothing family tradition.

Este encantador libro de la serie My Family/Mi familia, tan cálido y reconfortante como la voz de una abuela, ayuda a convertir la hora de dormir en una armoniosa tradición familiar.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Rosa Roberts
This book from the four book "My Family" series is a delightful treat for young English and or Spanish readers. Grandma is the central character, putting the grandchildren to bed. As she kisses and tucks each child into bed, she tells the grandchildren of all the other creatures sleeping, such as the birds, kitten, dog, and even the stars shining along with a smiling moon. The Spanish translation for the accompanying English text is effortless in transitioning from reading in either language. The pleasant illustrations are aesthetically pleasing for young readers. This book would make an enjoyable bedtime ritual for any child or a nice gift for a grandparent or child learning either language or in a bilingual household. The rhythmic text and subtle message are enchanting for beginning readers. This bilingual series from this collection would be worthwhile having in any library collection or home. Reviewer: Rosa Roberts
School Library Journal

PreS-K- As Abuelita tucks her three bouncy grandchildren into bed, she calms them by reminding them of the many small animals that also sleep when darkness falls: "Shh, shh, the squirrels are sleeping." Spreads containing unremarkable watercolor illustrations and a choppy text jump back and forth between the progressively drowsy youngsters and various snoozing creatures. Kids may relate to the portrayal of familiar critters and perhaps be lulled to sleep by Abuelita's steady "Shh," but overall, the book's comforting elements cannot compensate for their haphazard presentation. For better bilingual stories with a bedtime theme, try Sandra Cisneros's Hairs/Pelitos (Random, 1997), Nancy Elizabeth Wallace's Rabbit's Bedtime (Houghton, 1999), or Ginger Foglesong Guy's Siesta (HarperCollins, 2005).-Madeline Walton-Hadlock, San Jose Public Library, CA

Kirkus Reviews
While all the animals and birds are sleeping and the stars are shining and the moon is smiling, Abuelita tucks her little grandson and two granddaughters in with kisses and wishes for sweet dreams. Bright, colorful watercolors show happy children getting ready for bed, detailing the repetitive and rhythmically lulling bilingual story told by the eldest granddaughter. "When Grandma comes to tuck us in, she says, / Cuando Abuelita viene a darnos las buenas noches dice: / ‘Shh, shh, the squirrels are sleeping.' / -Shh, shh . . . las ardillas estan durmiendo. / And Grandma kisses Danny. / Y Abuelita le da un besito a Danny." Abuelita's loving attention and gentle words bring tranquility and assurance to all as eyes close for a night of peaceful rest. This second in the new My Family/Mi Familia series brings a soothing tone to a nightly ritual universal in any language or culture. (Picture book. 1-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060850418
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Series: My Family: Mi familia Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual Edition: English and Spanish
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 615,080
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Mora is an award-winning author and the founder of the family literacy initiative El día de los niños/ El día de los libros, Children's Day/ Book Day, now housed at the American Library Association. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Pat Mora es una autora premiada y la fundadora de El día de los niños/ El día de los libros, un programa para promover la lectura entre familia. El programa es auspiciado por la Asociación Americana de Bibliotecas, American Library Association (ALA). Ella vive en Santa Fé, Nuevo México.

Maribel Suárez has been illustrating books since 1985. She lives in Mexico City with her three children.

Maribel Suárez ilustra libros desde 1985. Ella vive en la Ciudad de México con sus tres hijos.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

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    My son LOVES this book. Even though dulces suenos doesn't translate to sweet dreams this book is one of my son's favorite bedtime stories.

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