The Family Bedtime Treasury with CD: Tales for Sleepy Times and Sweet Dreams

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Soft and warm, sweet and soothing, the stories and poems in this impressive, silver-jacketed anthology—complete with one hour of calming classical music on CD and for download—are just right for bedtime.

You’ll find eight complete picture books: Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed (Eileen Christelow), The Napping House (Don Wood/Audrey Wood), Bedtime Bunnies (Wendy Watson), Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep (Joyce Dunbar/Debi Gliori), The Goodnight Train (June ...

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Overview

Soft and warm, sweet and soothing, the stories and poems in this impressive, silver-jacketed anthology—complete with one hour of calming classical music on CD and for download—are just right for bedtime.

You’ll find eight complete picture books: Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed (Eileen Christelow), The Napping House (Don Wood/Audrey Wood), Bedtime Bunnies (Wendy Watson), Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep (Joyce Dunbar/Debi Gliori), The Goodnight Train (June Sobel/Laura Huliska-Beith), The Quiet Book (Deborah Underwood/Renata Liwska), Gideon (Olivier Dunrea), and No Sleep for the Sheep (Karen Beaumont/Jackie Urbanovic).

And eight illustrated poems: Joyce Sidman’s “Welcome to the Night,” the Curious George “My Curious Dreamer,” Maxine Kumin’s “Alligator,” Calef Brown’s “Young Moth,” Kristine O’Connell George’s “Lullaby,” the traditional hawaiian lullaby “I Hold Thee My Baby,” Dana Jensen’s “The Stars Make Wishes,” and Bob Raczka’s “With the Ember End.”

Pair this with The Family Storybook Treasury!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Eight picture books with bedtime themes—including Audrey and Don Wood’s The Napping House, Eileen Christelow’s Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed, Olivia Dunrea’s Gideon, and Deborah Underwood and Renata Liwska’s The Quiet Book—appear in this large, storytime-ready collection, which includes a CD of classical music. Poems by Joyce Sidman, Calef Brown, and others appear in between the eight stories, and are also presented with original illustrations from the books in which they first appeared. The stories in this keepsake anthology are well chosen, but the large, square format (which does not always mirror the original size of the stories contained within) results in some inelegant margins framing some of the selections. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
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"An excellent choice for parents."—School Library Journal
School Library Journal
.PreS—This anthology includes eight picture books, eight poems, and a 60-minute CD of "comforting" classical music (also available for download). The selection of stories is strong, kicking off with Audrey Wood's The Napping House (1984), then moving to more recent titles. Most are aimed at toddlers and preschoolers, such as Olivier Dunrea's Gideon (2012) and Wendy Watson's Bedtime Bunnies (2010). For the most part, the poetry is stellar, highlighting works by Joyce Sidman, Calef Brown, Bob Raczka, and Maxine Kumin, each beautifully illustrated. Only one (a Curious George poem written years after H. A. Rey's death) misses the mark. Likewise, most of the bedtime stories are well chosen, such as Deborah Underwood's The Quiet Book (2010) and Karen Beaumont's No Sleep for the Sheep (2011). Eileen Christelow's Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed (2011), June Sobel's The Goodnight Train (2006), and Joyce Dunbar's comparatively weak Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep (1998, all Houghton Harcourt) round out the collection. An excellent choice for parents, this is most appealing as a gift book. Libraries with room on their shelves may also wish to add it to their collection.—Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547857862
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 636,725
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

The authors and illustrators included in this treasury are:

Rick Allen
Karen Beaumont
Calef Brown
Eileen Christelow
Olivier Dunrea
Christine O'Connell George
Debi Gliori
Laura Huliska-Beith
Dana Jensen
Kate Kiesler
Maxine Kumin
Renata Liwska
Bob Raczka
H.A. Rey
Peter Reynolds
Joyce Sidman
June Sobel
Tricia Tusa
Deborah Underwood
Jackie Urbanovic
Wendy Watson
Don and Audrey Wood
Pamela Zagarenski

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