Time for Bed

Time for Bed

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by Mem Fox

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Darkness is falling everywhere and little ones are getting sleepy, feeling cozy, and being tucked in. It’s time for a wide yawn, a big hug, and a snuggle under the covers--sleep tight! “Working beautifully with the soothingly repetitive text, each painting conveys a warm feeling of safety and affection.”--School Library Journal


Darkness is falling everywhere and little ones are getting sleepy, feeling cozy, and being tucked in. It’s time for a wide yawn, a big hug, and a snuggle under the covers--sleep tight! “Working beautifully with the soothingly repetitive text, each painting conveys a warm feeling of safety and affection.”--School Library Journal

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble Staff
As night falls, all sorts of animals are putting their babies to bed. Lavish illustrations show dogs, cats, sheep--and even fish, bees, and snakes--crooning soothing rhymes about sleep to their babies. At last a small child is shown tucked snugly into bed. Like a lullaby, this gentle and loving goodnight book will send children off to sleep feeling comforted and serene.
Publishers Weekly
"Dyer's commanding yet gentle, large-scale watercolors are the key to the appeal of this bedtime lullaby," wrote PW of the hardcover edition of Time for Bed by Mem Fox, now available in an oversize board book edition. A host of parents nudge their little ones to sleep, from a mouse to a sheep to the final image of a smiling human mother tucking in her child. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Filling each spread, Dyer's (illustrator of the Piggins books and of Baby Bear's Bedtime Book ) commanding yet gentle, large-scale watercolors are the key to the appeal of this bedtime lullaby. Fox ( Possum Magic ; Guess What? ) offers sweet but slim verse that bids good night to a selection of animals being cuddled and coddled by their mothers, all endearingly rendered at eye-level. The rhymed couplets have a pleasantly lilting rhythm, if an occasionally trite rhyme scheme: ``It's time for bed, little sheep, little sheep, / The whole wide world is going to sleep.'' After viewing the various animals nodding off, youngsters will take their bedtime cue from a cherubic toddler, whose blond head falls into a pillow covered with golden stars as mother offers a hug and the text concludes: ``The stars on high are shining bright-- / Sweet dreams, my darling, sleep well . . . / good night!'' Ages 2-6. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Writer Mem Fox and illustrator Jane Dyer have a special gift for portraying warm, loving families that provide comfort for small children. Their talents are combined in Time for Bed, a rhyming lullaby. Fox names and Dyer pictures twelve sets of animal parents bedding down their young with kisses, hugs, snuggles and tenderness.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Bagel
This endearing bedtime book is perfect for winding down with little ones at the end of a busy day. After reading it, you'll feel good too! Each large two-page illustration radiates genuine affection and celebrates the love between moms of all kinds and their young, as they ready them for bed. Mommy mouse embraces her baby. A sheep and her lamb rub muzzles. Mother cow and her calf exchange loving glances. Mommy horse and her foal nuzzle each other. And on and on, concluding with a human mommy tucking her young child in bed with this thought: "The stars on high are shining bright-Sweet dreams, my darling, sleep well... good night!" This book will melt your heart.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Charming illustrations and comfortable rhymes characterize this appealing bedtime book. A twilight mood is set by dusky endpapers sprinkled with twinkling yellow stars, and by a title page showing a mother reading to a child. Double-page spreads feature animal pairs, each with a parent settling its offspring down for the night. An orange tabby kitten receives a soothing bath, a sleepy blue bird is tucked into a warm nest, and a delicate fawn curls up against its mother. Each babe is lulled by a gently rhyming couplet beginning with the phrase, ``It's time for bed.'' Dyer's watercolor illustrations are dear. Large, clearly drawn animals are placed against backgrounds of vivid hues. A variety of landscapes keeps each scene looking fresh as a foal settles down in a moonlit meadow, a pair of fish blow bubbles in blue water, and two snakes curl up in overgrown grass. Working beautifully with the soothingly repetitive text, each painting conveys a warm feeling of safety and affection. A wonderful bedfellow for Ginsburg's Asleep, Asleep (Greenwillow, 1992).-Joy Fleishhacker, New York Public Library
Ilene Cooper
Both parents and children should like this cozy good-night story. Against a blanket of blue sky full of golden stars, mother animals are putting their babies to sleep. Although the rhyme at times limps rather than lilts ("It's time for bed, little mouse, little mouse, / Darkness is falling all over the house"), there's a warmth to this that makes the whole more than the sum of its parts. Of course, one of the important parts is the art--striking watercolors that fill up the two-page spreads, showing a sheep and a lamb, a dog and a puppy, a cow and a calf, and others, the babies all with heavy lids, and the mothers affectionately nestling their young. The last mother-child duo is a mom and her curly-headed tot, who is wished sweet dreams and in the last picture is sound asleep. A pleasant prelude to slumber.

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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First Edition
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Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.

JANE DYER has illustrated many well-loved picture books, including Move Over, Rover!, a Geisel Honor Book written by Karen Beaumont; Oh My Baby, Little One, an ABA Pick of the Lists and Parent's Choice Recommended Book written by Kathi Appelt; and the bestselling classic Time for Bed by Mem Fox. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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Time for Bed 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
nutsy More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Like 'Goodnight Moon', it has a nice soft lulling text as it sends several animals to bed. Perfect for bedtime cuddling and reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My oldest son received this book as a gift when he was a baby. We read it to him every night. As he got older, he begged us to read it more and more each day. Now we have another son who just turned one. He has already discovered the joy of this book. He points to it each day before his nap and at bedtime so that we will read it for him. It truly is a family favorite!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This darling bedtime story, so endearing will charm your youngster to sweet dreams night after night. Jane Dyer¿s watercolor illustrations depicting animals, and their offspring are OUTSTANDING. Each two-page spread features a different Mommy (or Daddy), in a suitable setting, preparing their ¿little one¿ for bed. For instance, the mice are portrayed at the base of a hallow tree, and the fish are deep at sea. The sweet, and simple text appears on the left side of the book, while each mimicking phrase begins with, ¿It¿s time for bed.¿ Subtle and rhythmic, the beat is ideal for nighttime reading, ¿It¿s time for bed, little sheep, little sheep, the whole wide world is going to sleep.¿ The book concludes with a Mommy tucking a toddler into bed, ¿The stars on high are shining bright, sweet dreams, my darling, sleep well, good night!¿ This is a precious bedtime book. As an educational tool, children will learn to recognize the illustrated animals: mouse, goose, cat, calf, foal, fish, sheep, bird, bee, snake, pup, and deer. My son received the hardcover edition of ¿Time For Bed¿ as a baby gift, and I was so captivated by the artwork that the board book version was purchased as a supplement. One-year and up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lovely melodic rhymes and soothing enchanting water colour images. Perfect for settling a young one for sleep. Has become one of our daugher's favourites. Will form a part of your child's golden memories. A truly lovely piece of writing. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
beautiful illustrations, sweet, calm story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the book that I give to every friend or family member that is expecting their first baby. It is an engaging book with the most beautiful illustrations, that is to be enjoyed more and more with each reading. I will buy several copies at a time to keep on hand along with copies of Elizabeth Mitchell's CD "You are My Little Bird."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this to my twin grandsons when they were babies and I've given it many times for baby shower gifts. It is always appreciated and enjoyed no matter how many times you've read the story. Beautiful story and the illustrations are delightful.
MamaFox97 More than 1 year ago
I love to read this book to my children before bed. It is short and sweet and shows a variety of animals. The snake page scares me though. My little sons always say "oh how cute" with the page showing a little mouse with his mother. It's also a good way to teach animals and their sounds, so use it as a learning tool, too. The last page and rhyme don't exactly flow as well as the rest of the book, but I guess humans need to be in the story too. It's a cute book.
Make-it-Snappy More than 1 year ago
This book was my son's favorite bedtime book for four years. I started reading it to him when he was just four month old -- a friend gave it to us and we read it almost every single night until he was 3, and may times after that (my son asked for it). The rhymes are completely engaging, and my son felt he would "read" to me once he had it memorized. Great for learning to read. Great for soothing and calming before lights out. The illustrations are sweet and I don't know exactly what it is about the pictures of all the animals and their babies saying good night to each other that captivates young children, but it does. My son is seven now and still remembers every word. He won't let me pass it on to anyone else and wants to save this book. Highly recommended.
aboyandhisdog More than 1 year ago
LOVE, Love, Love this book, as does my son. I started reading to him very early on (around 5 months)and this soon became a favorite. Children can relate to the animals in the book if they have the ability to see them in the flesh (ie., the dog). The dog and puppy would delight my son and smile so big every time we turned to that page. We have a dog of similar colors, so he is able to relate the dog in the photo to our own dog. This book is a must for any children's book collection - it is so darn delightful!
MLE76 More than 1 year ago
My little one has loved this book from the very beginning. It's very engaging. The illustrations are perfect and this is a great bedtime book. It can be a little long sometimes so we skip to her favorite animals when that happens.
ILvBksMusicArt More than 1 year ago
"Time for Bed" first caught my attention because of the illustrations. I have some of Jane Dyer's other work, and she is an excellent artist. I've been collecting illustrated children's books since my daughter was a baby, and have been able to keep many of those that we loved to read together long ago, as well as add to my ever growing shelves of wonderfully illustrated selections. The story itself is very simple and sweet. You're taken to visit several baby animals being put to sleep because it's "Time for Bed". The words used are soothing and calming and I purchased it for a baby shower gift because it's never too early to start reading to your child.
Ranch_Girl More than 1 year ago
I read many other reviews and decided to buy this book. I have two boys: a two year old and a one year old. They both really like for me to read the "night night" book to them. The rhymes and illustrations are really cute! The book itself is very well made and has been able to withstand the youngest carrying it around and looking at it. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with this purchase. This is a great book for girls or boys.
apostles03 More than 1 year ago
Ours sons had this book when they were little, and I give it as a gift to all of the new parents I know. Sweet story, beautiful illustrations about a parent's love for his or her child.
Mom23MD More than 1 year ago
Your children will get sleepy just listening to the soft rhymes as you say goodnight to each animal baby. The illustrations are beautiful, and it is easy to read over and over (and over!) again.
terrificspot More than 1 year ago
This and "Kiss Goodnight" were gifts to my 17-month grandson who usually enjoys tearing paper off gifts more than anything. However, when he saw the books, he tossed the paper aside and began turning pages. His smiles were all the thanks I needed.
Jessa-Cloud More than 1 year ago
This is a perfect bedtime story; my 3 1/2 year old daughter still wants to hear it every single night (she's had it since birth) and neither of us ever tires of it! Now she "reads" it to me. We love the illustrations and the little rhymes that are on each page. We've bought a copy for at each grandma's house and bought copies for as many friends and new baby relatives as we can!! Recommend this to ANYONE; top notch!! Sure to be a hit with any child and a great companion read to Goodnight Moon (they're different, but of course both are bedtime tales).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kid has around 100 books in His room but this is the only one He likes. I've been reading this book for the last 9 months every night. Recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this as a baby gift as my boys loved this book when they were little and they're now 20 & 19! Cute rhyming bed time story with beautiful illustrations
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book every child should have in their little library. I am a grandmother to three and started buying this book for all new mothers after my first grandchild received it as a gift. It is a sweet rhyming story sure to relax any child as they get ready for bed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simple, not to short , just long enough... My baby loves it!
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