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Sweet Dreams Lullaby

Sweet Dreams Lullaby

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by Betsy E. Snyder

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Dream of purple twilight skies,
a bedtime kiss from butterflies.
caterpillars in cocoons
are tucked in tight beneath the moon.

This peaceful and imaginative picture book invites a bunny—tucked snugly in bed—to dream of comforting scenes from nature’s bedtime. Each spread reveals a delightful dreamscape for children to imagine


Dream of purple twilight skies,
a bedtime kiss from butterflies.
caterpillars in cocoons
are tucked in tight beneath the moon.

This peaceful and imaginative picture book invites a bunny—tucked snugly in bed—to dream of comforting scenes from nature’s bedtime. Each spread reveals a delightful dreamscape for children to imagine as they drift off to the lulling rhyming text. From the talented author-illustrator of Haiku Baby—which was selected as a CCBC Choices 2009 title—and Have You Ever Tickled a Tiger? comes the perfect bedtime read for young boys and girls!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K—A baby rabbit is tucked in, in a cozy burrow. "The day is done, it's time for bed./let peaceful moments fill your head./so cuddle up and snuggle in,/and let your happy dreams begin." She is instructed to "dream of comforts all around" as scenes of a glowing warm morning gradually give way to rosy afternoons and then evening skies. The language and pictures become quieter and sleepier: "a daddy frog sings low and deep,/lulling all the pond to sleep." The final spread shows the rabbit asleep in her bed, watched over by a smiling Moon. The idea of lulling oneself to sleep like this is an appealing one, and the smooth verse and accessible pictures are appealing as well. The colors are jewel-like, especially in the evening scenes. But the cozy atmosphere needs some warmth and texture in the artwork. Instead, the overall effect is slick and monotonous, which doesn't really suit the mood. For larger collections, and/or where more bedtime books are in demand.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
In The Runaway Bunny, Margaret Wise Brown's mother bunny famously tells her little one to "have a carrot" when he finally settles in for the night. The bunny in Snyder's bedtime book already has a carrot securely tucked in his pajama pocket in the cover and title-page illustrations. Sustenance secured, he doesn't tell his mother he will run away; instead, he acquiesces to having her tuck him into bed on the first page and then imagines himself in the dreamscapes she describes to lull him to sleep. The rhyming text describes the little bunny in different outdoor scenes where fireflies are cast as nightlights, a daddy frog "sings low and deep, / lulling all the pond to sleep" and stars whisper "good night." Throughout the pictures, the pocketed carrot is often replaced by other objects from the text, though sometimes the bunny's pocket is disappointingly empty. Digitally produced art with collage elements employs a rich, soothing palette befitting the gentle cadence of the text. A lovely addition to bedtime-book collections. (Picture book. 2-5)
Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
Open the cover and marvel at the imaginary constellations of stars. The story characters of bunny, mouse, little fish, mama bird, sleepy snail, spider, old owl, daddy frog, and more are depicted as constellations of stars against a deep blue sky and twinkly stars. A little bunny is the main character in this delightful story of Mother Nature helping little ones dream of clouds like fluffy pillows, gentle raindrop showers and ducks with fluffy feathers as they drift off to sleep. Although a board book, it has a soft, peaceful, calming and beautiful feel to it. With short rhyming phrases, each two-page spread (there are seven in all) features whimsical, colorful art depicting nature's beauty. Check out other imaginary star constellations inside the back cover before you close the book. The author has also written and illustrated Haiku Baby and Have You Ever Tickled a Tiger? First published in 2010 as a Random House Book for Young Readers, this is the first board book edition. A wonderful addition to a young child's personal or school library. "The day is done. It's time for bed. Let peaceful moments fill your head. So cuddle up and snuggle in, and let your happy dreams begin." Happy reading and sweet dreams. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid
Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
In the opening spread of this lyrical, comforting bedtime poem, little rabbit is tucked into bed by mama rabbit, who bestows a gentle kiss. The seamless collages, done in gorgeous shades of purples, blues, yellows, and greens include such touches as a bunny-shaped "piggy" bank and a braided rug with bunny ears that will entertain toddlers as they listen to the quiet rhymes. Most stanzas open with "dream of" and proceed to suggest lovely, nature-based dreams for the night. One proposes that bunny "dream of comforts all around, / in soothing colors, shapes, and sounds." With four lines per stanza, in this rhythm scheme, and with twelve stanzas in the book, the poetry might lull sleepy heads into a rocking lullaby. It could also sound singsong-y to adults who read it with any frequency. In places, the rhyme pattern falters, such as where "grass" and "flash" are paired, and frequently singular and plural nouns, such as "snug" and "hugs," are paired; however, nodding bed-timers are unlikely to notice. The natural settings of each spread take a child through a day's bright yellow sunrise to a deep-blue nighttime, displaying birds in flowery trees, "clouds like puffy pillows," ducks playing in puddles in the rain, lily pads, fireflies, and shooting stars. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson

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Random House Children's Books
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10 MB
Age Range:
3 Months to 3 Years

Meet the Author

In addition to writing and illustrating children’s books, Betsy Snyder is a seasoned illustrator-designer of children’s greeting cards. Her work has been recognized with the Please Touch Museum’s 23rd Annual Book Award, a Silver Addy Award–Cleveland (2006), and has been selected for the Society of Illustrators 49th and 50th Annual Award Shows (2006, 2007). Check out Betsy’s blog at http://betsysnyder.blogspot.com/.

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Sweet Dreams Lullaby 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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JessiLaine More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book to read to my boys. It has beautiful pictures and a wonderful lullaby/poem to go with them. I LOVE this book! My oldest son got it as an Easter gift when he was about 18 months, so it has seen better days. This is one I will replace when it sees it's last days!
Shari Eich More than 1 year ago
A great bedtime book with beautiful illustrations.