The author-illustrator of Haiku Baby (2008) offers a soothing bedtime story with just the right amount of sweetness. As a little bunny gets tucked into his bed, he dreams of his pastoral world outside as it slows down and readies for night. Dandelions, robin eggs, flower blossoms, frogs, caterpillars, and more all prepare for the night. “Dream of comforts all around, / in soothing colors, shapes, and sounds. / Set your cares and wishes free / to ride the dandelion breeze.” With their gentle cadence, Snyder’s short rhyming phrases add to the cuddly effect. The charming collage artwork, with images of snuggling squirrels and daddy frogs singing little ones to sleep, will bring a smile. Particularly effective are the backgrounds as the colors of the sky—and the pages—go from sunny yellow to pinks and oranges, then deep purples and blues, as the sun finally sets and the moon rises. A worthy and welcome addition to the canon of cozy bedtime stories. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Rebecca Wojahn
About the Author
In addition to writing and illustrating children’s books, Betsy Snyder is a seasoned illustrator-designer of children’s greeting cards. Her work has been recognized with the Please Touch Museum’s 23rd Annual Book Award, a Silver Addy Award–Cleveland (2006), and has been selected for the Society of Illustrators 49th and 50th Annual Award Shows (2006, 2007). Check out Betsy’s blog at http://betsysnyder.blogspot.com/.