The Doubleday Book of Bedtime Stories

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This agreeable if somewhat uneven compilation of 12 previously published short tales comprises works by such well-loved authors as Margaret Mahy, Charlotte Zolotow and Margaret Wise Brown as well as lesser-known authors. Particularly pleasing are Zolotow's ``Big Sister and Little Sister,'' a sweet, unadorned tale about learning to fend for oneself, and Brown's ``The Little Girl's Medicine,'' concerning a wise doctor's prescription for loneliness. A minor fault here is that the preponderance of animal stories lends the book a degree of sameness. In addition, because they are so short, a few of the pieces seem insubstantial even by bedtime-story standards. And, with the notable exception of Brown's story, the older works have generally not held up as well as the more recent material. Nonetheless, these gentle tales are sure to prove a welcome addition to the nighttime library. Dann's watercolors make a commendable effort to depict ethnically diverse characters but, with their pastel tones and lack of facial definition, appear somewhat insipid. Ages 4-8. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- A collection of 12 short, upbeat tales suited to sharing. Ranging from Margaret Wise Brown's ``The Little Girl's Medicine,'' originally written in 1938, to several contemporary works, the stories offer fare by 12 different authors, including Charlotte Zolotow, Lilian Moore, and a variety of British writers. Most of the selections are delightful bits of whimsy, such as Kenneth McLeish's ``The Flying Rabbit,'' a loosely structured pourquoi tale about why crows and rabbits live where they do, or Terry Jones's ``The Beast with a Thousand Teeth,'' with the classic theme of a small creature using his wits to overcome a monster. Betty Van Witsen's ``Cheese, Peas, and Chocolate Pudding'' tells the story of a fussy eater who learns to expand his diet, while Lilian Moore's ``Junk Day on Juniper Street'' gives clear testimony to the idea that ``One person's trash is another person's treasure.'' Most of the stories are pleasant and well written. Unfortunately, the humorous watercolor illustrations portray only one non-Caucasian face, and, although the CIP data claims that the stories represent several different countries, no notes are given on their origins. Not as strong a choice as Tomie dePaola's Favorite Nursery Tales (Putnam, 1986), but an acceptable addition for libraries with a demand for collected bedtime stories. --Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, Wheeler School, Providence, RI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385307901
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1992
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years

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