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Wind Says Good Night
     

Wind Says Good Night

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by David Jorgensen (Illustrator), Katy Rydell
 

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Animals, insects, and the sky itself all cooperate to help a restless child fall asleep in this cumulative bedtime tale. "This splendid bedtime story is perfect for a restless child, and its large pictures render it equally suitable for story time or classroom use." -- School Library Journal, starred review

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Animals, insects, and the sky itself all cooperate to help a restless child fall asleep in this cumulative bedtime tale. "This splendid bedtime story is perfect for a restless child, and its large pictures render it equally suitable for story time or classroom use." -- School Library Journal, starred review

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First-time author Rydell offers up a pleasingly symmetrical, quietly playful bedtime story. In prose evocative of a summer's night, she describes what happens when one girl lies awake late at night, her ears filled with Mockingbird's song. When the wind fails to coax the child into slumber, it appeals to Mockingbird for silence. But the night bird can't help singing as long as music is coming from Cricket (shown in top hat and tails, playing a fiddle). Cricket, in turn, responds to the strumming of Frog (``lost in the beat, with a night full of rhythm in his hands and feet''), who is inspired by Moth's dancing under delicate moonshine. Through the wind's intervention, Moon stops shining, night creatures surrender to stillness one by one and the youngster drifts to sleep. Softly lit in subtle green tones, Jorgensen's colored-pencil drawings enliven the night music with jovial characters, including a mischievous, crater-pocked Moon. Gently beguiling. Ages 2-8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
A gentle cumulative bedtime tale to help put that restless child to sleep. In this story, the wind takes charge to see if all can be made quiet to help the little one sleep. First, the night wind asks Mocking bird to stop his singing, but he replies not until Cricket stops playing, and so it goes. With the onset of a gentle rain everything quiets down and the child finally falls asleep. Soft-colored pencil drawings fit the text of this bedtime read-aloud.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Although it is late, a young girl cannot fall asleep because the creatures outside her window are making too much noise. The night wind tries to quiet them, but it is only when it blows a cloud over the Earth and the moon stops shining that the moth stops dancing, the frog stops strumming his base fiddle, the cricket stops playing his violin, the mockingbird stops singing, and the child falls asleep. Youngsters will delight in the language of this story in which music spills from deep in a mockingbird's throat, a cricket's toes tap while his coattails flap, and a frog gets ``lost in the beat, with a night full of rhythm in his hands and feet.'' Jorgensen's pencil drawings in soft night shades illumined only by the moon and some whimsical fireflies (alert readers will notice their lantern tails) depict fun-loving animals reluctant to end another day. This splendid bedtime story is perfect for a restless child, and its large pictures render it equally suitable for story time or classroom use. The cumulative narrative invites group participation. Use it with Daniel San Souci's North Country Night (Doubleday, 1990) to enrich the science curriculum.- Marianne Saccardi, Whitby School American Montessori Center, Greenwich, CT
From the Publisher
"This splendid bedtime story is perfect for a restless child, and its large pictures render it equally suitable for story time or classroom use." School Library Journal, Starred

“Sleepy-soft colored pencil drawings swathe a nocturnal mood around a simple, cumulative bedtime story. . . . By the last page you’ll find yourself whispering.”—The Bulletin The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618085859
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Katy Rydell is a professional storyteller who has performed at many schools, libraries, and festivals. Born in New York, she now lives in Los Angeles with her husband. WIND SAYS GOOD NIGHT is her first book for children.

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Wind Says Good Night 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this everynight to my granddaughter who is now 15 and she still cherishes the book. It can be read fast or slow and sleepy or funny and changes all the time. The rhyming makes it comparable to goodnight moon but with a musical twist