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Kiss Good Night Hardcover – August 1, 2001

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Every child has his or her own personal repertoire of rationalizations for avoiding bed, and every parent has a stockpile of counter offensives. In Kiss Good Night, Mrs. Bear covers all the bases: "Hmmmm...Book, blanket, friends, milk...," but her son, Sam, isn't ready. "I'm waiting," he keeps saying. Could there be anything Mama Bear is forgetting? Amy Hest's sweet story, gorgeously illustrated by Anita Jeram in warm, earthy greens, golds, browns, and reds, provides a rhythm to the bedtime ritual that will soon have sleep-fighting tots relinquishing their day to night. The comforting manner of easygoing Mrs. Bear as she comes up against her son's quiet resistance--even while the wind blows and rain comes down outside--is an antidote to nighttime anxiety. A perfect read-aloud from Hest (In the Rain with Baby Duck) and Jeram (illustrator of Sam McBratney's bestselling Guess How Much I Love You). (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

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Hest (When Jessie Came Across the Sea) pays tribute to reassuring bedtime rituals that assuage a toddler's fears even on a "dark and stormy night." Sam the bear cub will not go to sleep. "I'm waiting," he keeps telling Mrs. Bear, even though she's checked off everything on the bedtime list: book, blanket, friends (his stuffed toys) and milk. Then it dawns on Sam's mom that she's forgotten the kiss good night. Sam manages to coax a total of 10 goodnight kisses from Mom. With understated repetition and lyricism, Hest establishes the coziness of the nighttime interplay as well as the menacing sounds of the storm from inside Sam's bedroom: "Splat! on the roof. Splat! Splat! on the windows. The wind blew. Whoo, whoooo." Jeram moves from the light palette and breezy artwork in Guess How Much I Love You to thickly applied acrylic paintings. Her radiantly rendered ochre and rust shades translate easily from the autumn storm outside to the sturdy furniture and heavy wool blankets inside. While her characters' expressions seldom change, she uses their contrasting physical presence to great effect. The hulking Mrs. Bear is a literal bulwark of maternal devotion, while Sam's roly-poly poses comically communicate his coy devotion. Ages 2-up.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1st ed edition (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763607800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763607807
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,217,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Amy Hest's many acclaimed children's books include the New York Times bestseller Kiss Good Night. A three-time winner of the prestigious Christopher Award, she lives in New York City. She claims to have absolutely no hidden talents, unless you count an uncanny interest in coffee ice cream and certain dogs in the Wheaten Terrier or Airedale family. Amy likes to take long walks (in the city), ride a bike (in the city), and swim (also in the city). She likes movies and reading, of course!

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It was a dark and stormy night. The wind blew, whoo, whooo. The rain hit against the roof and windows, splat, splat. But inside, Mama Bear is putting her cub to bed. "Ready now, Sam?" "Oh no," said Sam "I'm waiting." So mother begins all their nighttime rituals. First, they read a book together. She tucks Sam in, head to toe, with his red blanket and arranges his stuffed animal friends. Then they share a glass of milk. And still Sam tells her, "I'm waiting" What could Mrs Bear have forgotten. She thinks and goes back over her bedtime chores and then remembers. "Kiss goodnight, Sam." And she kisses him once, twice and then twice more..... Amy Hest has written a lovely bedtime story that's cozy and comforting and just perfect for pre-schoolers. Her simple, gentle, quiet text is beautifully illustrated by Anita Jeram's soft expressive earthtoned artwork. Kiss Good Night is a charming bedtime story that's sure to become a new favorite in your house and may help your little ones fall asleep with its easy familiar rituals.
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This is probably my favorite bedtime book in the world. My daughter got it for her second birthday and it has withstood being read at least twice a day since then. The illustrations are stunning, the simple rythym of the story is appealing to both the reader and the child. When she's ready to settle down in my lap she brings it over and starts reciting the lines, "Book, blanket, friends, milk..." over and over. It's one of the few books we both know by heart that I don't want to throw out the window, and has even surpassed Goodnight Moon on our list of keepers. I gave it to all children we know under the age of four for Christmas, and they (and their parents) all loved it, too.
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I ordered this book in the first place based on its description. It was said to be about a bear who had a specific routine for bedtime and it could be no other way. It reminded me so much of my son that I had to have it. Well, I wasn't disappointed. My four year old and I thoroughly enjoy this book. We both laugh through the whole book while we read it. The illistration is beautiful and the story is so sweet. I would highly recommend this book for a carefree, fun story at bedtime.
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By A Customer on August 20, 2002
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My daughter and have read a good amount of books as we both LOVE to read....this one has become our bedtime story every night....the illustrations are adorable and so is the story. My 5 year old has already memorized every word and we re-enact Sam's bedtime every evening...if you are only getting one book for your kid ----- this is the one...we love it...
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By A Customer on February 5, 2004
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This is a wonderful book for bedtime! I read it to my daughter every night. The illustrations are excellent and the story is sweet.
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I know it's hard to believe a 9 month old can prefer one book over another, but that's just what's happened here! I bought this book a few months ago since I loved the illustrations (I'm an artist). I've been reading it off and on since. Well, last week while unsuccessfully trying to read her a story, my daughter spied "Kiss Good Night" on the table and reached over grabbed it, and promptly started turning the pages. She settled right down after that. Now, every time it's story time, she picks up this book and hands it to me! A clear winner! I'm relieved to discover there are more Sam books out there, we'll be buying those as well!
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By A Customer on September 19, 2001
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This book is yet another triumph for Anita Jeram. Her other well known work is Guess How Much I Love You, which contains some of the most beautiful children's images ever. Jeram's latest work doesn't disappoint. Although the style is remarkably different, the pictures are colorful and beautiful to look at. Of course, the story is quite good too as mother bear puts baby bear to sleep and baby bear keeps mother bear guessing as to why he won't go to sleep yet. The ending is predictable but touches you nonetheless. A must-buy!!
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I bought this book for my daughter's birthday (she turned 2). After just one reading at bedtime, it has become a favorite, with me reading it several times to her. Like Sam, she always says "Again!"...On occassion, she's even said "Night Night Sam." The text is fun to read (and re-read), the pictures are very rich and easy to look at.
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