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Author: Mem Fox

Illustrator: Jane Dyer

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Publisher: Harcourt,

Material: board book

Summary: The narrators are Mother animals entreating their young to go to sleep. Every animal has its own verse, and each mom has a different way of imploring their child to settle in for bed.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book, learning to read

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

Interest Level: 0 to 6

Age of Child: Started reading with 6 month-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our child always stops other delay/diversion activities when this one is read.

Adult Reader Reaction: This one isn't on the request list, but it always gets a favorable reception.

Pros: A nice, soothing rhythm.

Cons: None, really. It's a poem, not a story.

Borrow or Buy: Buy it. The words are soothing and the artistry is nice. It'll calm you as much as your child.

If You Liked This Book, Try: JUMBO's LULLABY   HUMPHREY's BEDTIME  

Educational Themes: Just a reminder to kids: EVERYONE has to sleep sometime!

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2003

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