Time for Bed padded board book

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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

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Overview

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

As darkness falls parents everywhere try to get their children ready for sleep.

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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.
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"Charming illustrations and comfortable rhymes characterize this appealing bedtime book." —School Library Journal
 
"A pleasant prelude to slumber." —Booklist
 
"[An] appealing bedtime book." —Kirkus Reviews
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547408569
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/23/2010
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 68,866
  • Age range: Up to 2 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including 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 Oh My Baby, Little One by Kathi Appelt, an ABA's Pick of the Lists and Parent's Choice Recommended Book, as well as the bestselling Time for Bed by Mem Fox. She lives with her family in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Sweet night time reading

    This is a favorite bedtime book that I read to my young grandchildren whenever they stay overnight. Lovely illustrations of animal parents with their children are paired with a gentle rhyming story. Sometimes the book has led to discussions centering on the animal family we are looking at....other times, it's just a snuggle-up, quiet read. I give this as a gift to new moms and my new "grandma" friends, as well.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    A great book with wonderful illustrations, cute rhymes, and a pe

    A great book with wonderful illustrations, cute rhymes, and a perfect message for sending kids off to bed. We love this book and the fact that it is "padded" makes it more sturdy with bigger pictures. I like to give this as a gift, too!

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