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Author: Claire Freedman

Illustrator: John Bendall-Brunello

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Publisher: Orchard Books, an Imprint of Scholastic, Inc. 2003

Material: hard cover

Summary: Every time Lily is about to nod off to sleep, a noise from the barnyard animals wakes her up. To make up for disturbing her, they each offer something to Lily to help her go to sleep. This is a bedtime story set in a barnyard.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 2 to 5

Reading Level: 2.8

Age of Child: Started reading to child 2½ years old.

Young Reader Reaction: This is a book our toddler liked to hear Mom and Dad read. S/He never specifically requested it, but would come sit on our laps and talk with Lily when we were reading.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a nice twist on a bedtime story. It's a soothing tale, with just enough humor to keep it in our bedtime rotation.

Pros: The story moves easily through each of the delay tactics (what's that noise?) Lily presents. The parental responses are the same as ours, but somehow they seem more palatable coming from chickens, pigs, and cows.

Cons: None, other than it's another animal tale.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This one has a great shelf life for toddlers as a story to listen to, and for early readers, it will be a good book to read.


Educational Themes: Although it's mostly a bedtime story, parents have a platform for talking about courtesy for others (especially for kids who tend to forget their 'inside voice').

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2004

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