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Time to Say Goodnight Paperback – March 24, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060543302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060543303
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 9.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,879,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–As darkness falls, animal parents gather their young for bed. Little bunnies are stopped mid-hop, cheeping baby birds are shushed, and squirrels suspend their activities and curl up in their tree. Only the owl awakens his sleepy offspring. Two wordless spreads show the animal families tucked into their respective nests, caves, and homes. Near the end, the parents gather to address readers directly: What about You, sleepyhead? The following page shows a young boy sleeping, surrounded by an array of stuffed toys. Chapmans winsome creatures painted in rich jewel tones add to the charm of this gentle bedtime book. The deep purples of the endpapers set the tone for evening time, and the hues darken from the beginning to the end of the story, as night progresses. A sweet rhyming story.–Robin L. Gibson, Granville Parent Cooperative Preschool, OH
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PreS. It's time to say good night in the forest, so all the animal mothers beseech their little ones to settle down: "Hopping bunnies, hop, hop, hop. / Stop your hopping, stop, stop, stop! / Stars are dancing in the skies, / Goodnight bunnies, close your eyes!" (All except the nocturnal owl mother who hoots the opposite: "Open your eyes! Leave your beds! / Lift your little owly heads.) The singsong rhymes stumble once or twice, but preschoolers will be comforted and lulled by the rhythmic, even hypnotic language and the oh-so-familiar parent-child bedtime scenarios. The animal babies, painted in broad brushstrokes and a saturated palette, are irresistibly cute. Two wordless spreads reveal all the animals (except the owls!) snug in their nests or cubbyholes; then it's the young human sleepyhead's turn to close his eyes. His presence foreshadowed by a distant house in the first spread, this boy sleeps on the final spread with stuffed-animal versions of all the forest animals. Warm and reassuring. Karin Snelson
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Cute pictures and poetic rhyme.
Kappabrez
The words in Time to Say Goodnight are simple and fun to help those just learning to read enjoy the book.
FictionAddiction.NET
And the design is fabulous, with beautiful artwork.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Blue Jay on February 13, 2006
Format: Library Binding
In the middle of this book the animals turn to the child looking at the pictures and tell them it's THEIR TURN to go to sleep. My children love this clever twist, and they love the rhyming text and beautiful artwork. A hit!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By FictionAddiction.NET on May 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
It's bedtime in the forest. From the bunnies to the bears, it's time for them to close their eyes and go to sleep.

Each page looks at a family of animals and encourages them to go to sleep. This bedtime story doesn't just stop at the animals, though.

"What about you, sleepyhead?" the book asks as you get to the end. It's time for little boys and girls to go to bed too.

Short rhymes make up each page and the illustrations cover the entire book. The words in Time to Say Goodnight are simple and fun to help those just learning to read enjoy the book. The illustrations make it a perfect picture book for younger children as well.

Time to Say Goodnight is a great bedtime story for children. It's aimed at the 4-8 age reading level but parents can make great use of this book early on by reading it to their children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kappabrez on May 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My daughter loves this story. Cute pictures and poetic rhyme. This is her second copy (the first one she loved so much she ripped all the pages out so she could carry them around the house!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By delu2qtkds on August 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is the cutest little book. My daughter has loved this book for 3 years now. She gets a big grin and asks me if I'll read "mommy's favorite" book to her even though she has it memorized. Cute rhymes and message and the illustration is wonderful. There is a couple of pages in the middle of the book that just show the different animal families. My daughter blows kisses to each one and says goodnight bunnies, goodnight birdies, etc.
Very highly recommend this book. As an adult, it's one I don't get sick of reading over and over.
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