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Set aside a regular time for reading in your family, independent of schoolwork, the 20 minutes before lights out, just... More
Summary: There are nine butterflies getting ready for a night's rest. As each butterfly heads off to sleep, we wish each one dreams of their own color. A nice soothing story for sending the butterflies and your little one off to a colorful dreamland.
Type of Reading: family reading, bedtime story
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 2 to 4
Age of Child: Started reading at 18 months, and still reading at 4½!
Young Reader Reaction: Even after 8 months, this is a regular request. As s/he has become more familiar with her colors and the elements of nature in the illustrations the book has become even more fun.
Adult Reader Reaction: The colorful, detailed illustrations are wonderful, as is the opportunity to count down the butterflies, one by one, until they have all gone off to sleep.
Pros: The butterfly count-down has been most helpful in providing a built-in queue for lights out. The pages are sturdy, the colors are bright yet soothing.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. A great bargain for a book with such diverse utility.
Educational Themes: There's plenty to do with this story beyond just getting ready for bed. There's counting, learning colors and object identification (flowers, animals, insects).
Literary Categories: Fiction - animal stories, nature, picture book
Date(s) Reviewed: March 2004, June 2006
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