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May We Sleep Here Tonight Hardcover – May 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry; Revised edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689832885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689832888
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 7.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carefully applied colored pencil suggests the fog that causes three gophers to lose their way in the woods, and--like Goldilocks--enter an empty but comfortable house. More timid than their fairy-tale counterpart, the gophers are hesitant, but they are so tired, they finally tuck themselves into the large bed. Their sleep is not sound, however, because they are soon joined by two bunnies and three raccoons also seeking shelter. The various saws hanging on the wall make the animals a bit apprehensive: Have they stumbled upon the house of a witch? And hearts beat faster when a huge figure enters and looms over the quaking critters. Fortunately, though, Mr. Bear is a welcoming host, who serves his guests hot stew, then climbs into bed with them to sleep until the fog-free morning. The pictures hint at the identity of the home owner; the Japanese printing on pot labels and book titles reveals the story's origin. The cozy interiors, appealingly drawn animals, and familiar themes transcend cultural borders. Ellen Mandel

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A comforting bedtime tale is this reissue of a picture book first published in 1982 (only its jacket has been revised). With low-key color-penciled illustrations in soft pastel shades, artist Yasuko Koide perfectly complements his wife Tan's spare and mildly suspenseful tale about three gophers, two bunny rabbits, and a trio of raccoons who take shelter in a mysteriously unoccupied house when they lose their way in the fog as night falls. When "something huge and dark" walks in on them, all snuggled comfortably in a big four-poster bed, listeners/viewers will fear the worst. But the bear in this tale, unlike the ursine threesome in Goldilocks and the Three Bears, turns out to be a perfect host. He treats his small trespassers to some hot stew before joining them in bed to sleep soundly till the morning. A simple tale, simply told and illustrated, May We Sleep Here Tonight? is sure to please as many toddlers today as it did 20 years ago during the last millennium.

Reviewed by Selma G. Lanes, Parents' Choice® 2000 -- From Parents' Choice®

Roger Sutton Horn Book Magazine "Great!...My hands-down favorite to close a story hour." -- Review

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
May We Sleep Here Tonight - written and beautifully illustratedby a husband and wife team from Japan has been one of my children'sall time favorite books. It has been out of print and very hard to find, it was just recently re-released to our great surprise. My wife is a kindergarten teacher and each year I choose this book to read to her class. The children (K-3), always enjoy the books surprises and surprise ending as well as the illustrations. I actually went to the Library to check out this book over 15 times. You will not go wrong with this children's book, it's wonderful. END
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Our son received this book as a gift when he was 3 or 4 years old. By the time he started school, the whole family had memorized every word. He is now 20 years old. I had been trying to purchase the book for a gift, and was delighted to find it is now back in print. We recently gave it to our 2 1/2 year old great-niece and she insisted her mother read it to her 8 times the first day!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Huge Fan on March 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
My mother bought this book to read to my daughters (ages 2 and 4) when they came to stay with her. The book was an instant hit (especially with my now 2 and 1/2 year old daughter). It's the first thing she wants to do when we go to grandmas house. When we're not at grandma's we take turns telling the story to each other and acting it out - the children as the scared animals shivering under the covers and mom or dad as "Mr. Bear". Both kids know all of the words by heart and they correct us when we get it wrong. I can't recommend this book enough!
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