Kuskin sets a quiet, contented bedtime mood in a few small words that bring out the comfortable regularity of the routine and the links between nighttime inside and outside the little boy's bedroom. The link is first made in connection with the stuffed bears on his bed: ""Here we go/ into our lairs./ You have yours/ they have theirs/ in the woods/ where the night rains begin."" Later, after the boy is tucked in and left alone, ""Lights from cars/ wash the wall. . . . ""The images are a little rundown, a little soft, but it's all low-keyed and pleasantly calming.