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Children's LiteratureRabbit tries to fall asleep but he keeps being disturbed, first by the sound of the clock, then by the dripping tap. Each time a noise disturbs him, his friend Mole gets up to silence the offending noisemaker. Mole stops the clock and he quiets the drip. When Rabbit can't sleep because the cat is purring, Mole gets up and takes the cat downstairs. Nearly losing his patience, Mole next closes the garden gate that had been banging in the wind. Finally, Rabbit falls asleep. Relieved, Mole lies in his bed trying to sleep, only to be kept awake by Rabbit's snoring. Mole trudges downstairs to "sleep with the cat," whose gentle purring does not keep Mole awake at all. This cozy bedtime tale of friendship, care, and sacrifice will warm readers' hearts. Soft, whimsical colored pencil and watercolor illustrations will envelope the reader with the same comforting feeling as the text. 2004, Bloomsbury USA Children's Books, Ages 3 to 7.
—Valerie O. Patterson