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Summary: A little bunny family climbs into bed. The youngest can't sleep and his tired Mommy tries everything to get him to sleep. This is a first and foremost a bedtime story.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 2; read yourself: 5 to 7
Interest Level: 1 to 3
Age of Child: Read with a 2-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: My son liked the part when the little bunny hops around. He did, however, try turning the pages before the text was done, so there may have been too many words for his attention span.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked this book and hoped my son would have like it more. I do hope it doesn't give my son any ideas about staying up late to get extra attention! I think little kids in multiple child families (we have 3) will relate to the need for one-on-one time with Mommy.
Pros: Darling illustrations and a sweet story make this a nice bedtime book. You can definitely tell the mother bunny lovers her little bunny. The text is well written, too.
Cons: I wish the book had ended more quietly, as a bedtime story goes. Instead, it ends with another bunny wanting attention. It is creative and realistic, but probably not an idea a parent wants to promote.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a cute book, but I have other favorite bedtime stories. This is definitely worth a read, as I'm sure there are parents who will cherish this story and the illustrations. I might buy this as an Easter or spring present.
Educational Themes: I certainly hope toddlers get a little insight into how parents get tired. It's very reassuring to my son (a clingy child) to know that even when mom and dad have "nothing left" we'll still take care of his needs.
Notes: The Reading Tub received this book from a donor.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal stories, bedtime story
Date(s) Reviewed: September 2009
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