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Author: Sandra Boynton

Illustrator: Sandra Boynton

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Publisher: Workman Publishing Co, Inc, ©1993

Material: board book

Summary: It's time for the animals to go to bed. Everyone needs to put on pajamas so they can share that last dance before lights out. A sing-song story about getting ready for bed. What isn't described in words (like brushing your teeth) is covered by the illustrations.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8, 4 to 8

Interest Level: 0 to 3

Age of Child: Started reading at 6 months.

Young Reader Reaction: For about 6 months it was a frequent request. Now we rotate it in the evening collection.

Adult Reader Reaction: A nice sing-song way to get the little one settled for bed. It covers the bedtime routine in a light, fun way…and offers one last outlet for that last little bit of pent-up energy.

Pros: Like all Boynton books, it's a quick, easy read. It introduces so many concepts (big/small, old/new, etc) in simple ways. Jama-jama-jama PJ is fun for all.

Cons: None, just be prepared to create your own tune to some of the lyrics.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow it or buy it and plan to trade with a friend. It's a great book, but as we have seen, the novelty only lasted 6 months.


Educational Themes: Although predominantly a poem, it's a great way to introduce opposites and other concepts (fuzzy, stripes, polka dots). You can also 'imitate' the book's bedtime routine.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal stories, rhyming books

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2003

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