Don't Turn the Page!

Don't Turn the Page!



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Don't Turn the Page! by Rachelle Burk, Julie Downing

Like most children, Sami puts off going to bed for as long as possible. But reading a story about Little Bear's bedtime ritual inspires Sami, just as the young reader will be inspired by this soothing story and clever book-within-a-book conceit. A bedtime book that both parent and child will relish reading one more time, Don’t Turn the Page! features a surprise ending that reinforces the sense that it’s bedtime for everyone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939547064
Publisher: Creston Books
Publication date: 06/10/2014
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 3 - 8 Years

About the Author

Rachelle Burk is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children. Her publications include both books and magazine pieces and she is a regular contributing writer for Scholastic’s Science World classroom magazine. She lives in East Brunswick, NJ. An internationally published author and illustrator, Julie Downing has written and illustrated over 40 books for children and has won many awards for her work. Noted for her rich, jewel-like watercolor illustrations, she has exhibited her work in galleries throughout the United States and England. She lives in San Francisco.

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“How about a bedtime story?” Mama asked.
Sammy shook her head. “I don’t want to go to bed. I’m not tired yet.”
“All right,” said Mama, “Why don’t you pick out a book to read later?”
Sammy pulled a new one from the shelf.
“Just read the first page,” said Sammy. She climbed onto the sofa.
Mama read. . .

The sun went down and fell asleep,
The moon rose overhead,
And Little Bear of Rambling Woods
Prepared to go to bed.

“That’s enough,” said Sammy. “Don’t turn the page.”

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Don't Turn the Page 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Penelope_Anne_Cole More than 1 year ago
"Don’t Turn the Page," by Rachelle Burk, with art by Julie Downing, is an utter delight. It’s an endearing story within a story. Such a great story idea! Mother hedgehog has a new bedtime story to read to her little Sami, who is reluctant to go to bed. But Sami is curious and wants to see what the story is about. It’s about a mother bear and her little bear boy getting ready for bed. Soon Sami is copying what the little bear is doing in the story and tells Mother, “Don’t turn the page,” while she’s getting ready for bed. In the new book, the mother bear is also reading a bedtime story to her little bear—so you see a story within a story, with another story there, too. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and wish it had been around when I was reading bedtime stories to my little girl. I say stories, since one was never enough! But this one would quickly become a favorite, since kids love to imitate what they see in stories. I appreciate the author clearly spelling out the bedtime routine. It’s a good way to get kids involved in preparing for bed—especially brushing teeth—always hard at our house. The artwork by Julie Downing is warm and inviting. It’s very clear what’s happening in the story. The appealing animal characters, in their warm and cozy homes, add to the the reader’s enjoyment. I highly recommend this story to all parents as the perfect bedtime read aloud story. Thank you Rachelle Burk and Julie Downing for such a cute, sweet, and charming bedtime story book.