WHEN THE WORLD IS READY FOR BED by Gillian Shields

WHEN THE WORLD IS READY FOR BED

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The sky is growing dark, and it’s time for the flowers, the birds and every bunny to start thinking about bed. Shields’s sweet, melodious rhyme and Currey’s warm, lively watercolors trace the evening of a very appealing rabbit family after the sun goes down. From eating dinner, cleaning up with Mom and reminiscing about the day with Dad to tooth brushing, getting into bed, listening to stories, saying prayers and looking out at the stars, these bunnies have a very busy night. At last, satisfied, tucked in and sleepy, the bunnies quietly drift off, since after all, there’s a lot to anticipate: “Always lovely, / Always new, / Tomorrow’s waiting / Just for you.” These bunnies owe a lot to Beatrix Potter; like hers, they sport clothing and human mannerisms, but in anatomy and posture they’re very much animals. Children will be glad to snuggle up and be softly lulled to sleep by this soothing selection as they are simultaneously reminded of the necessity and comfort of a bedtime routine. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59990-339-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2009




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