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Children's LiteratureWhen the library lights go out, the stuffed animals in the lost-and-found box come alive. While it is not an original idea to find toys awakening when everyone else is asleep, a library is an unusual setting. A floppy-eared rabbit and a friendly lion set out hand in hand to find their lost friend, the hermit crab. Fearing a giant around every corner, they suspect the potted plant is the giant's beanstalk and the blue rug is his bathtub. When the friendly pair rips a map that was supposed to tell them how to go home, they do not despair but turn the paper scraps into a hat and a boat. At last they find their friend and feast together on a leftover lunch. There is a lot for young minds to absorb here about imagination, looking out for friends, and not getting too scared of the unknown. The illustrations are a delight—young readers might think the soft folds of the stuffed animals could roll right off the page into their arms. It is a perfect bedtime story but also just right for a preschool storytime to make the library seem a very cozy place indeed. 2005, Atheneum, Ages 3 to 6.