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It's Time to Sleep, My Love Hardcover – September 30, 2008

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Bestselling children's writer and illustrator Nancy Tillman creates a comforting bedtime story with gorgeous illustrations of animals settling down for the night. Like all of Tillman's children's books, It's Time to Sleep, My Love ends with the words, "You are loved."

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PreSchool-K—Beyond the soothing titular refrain repeated throughout, troubles cripple this ode to bedtime ritual. Without strict stylistic technique, the verse is unnecessarily redundant, and cumbersome phrases such as "And as you dream inside your sleep" will trip up readers. Adults will surely have to explain the lines "Your dreams will be arriving soon./They'll float to you/in sleep's balloon./They'll be here when I snuff the wick,/you'd better close your eyelids quick." The book's design clearly favors Tillman's richly hued digital and mixed-media composite paintings over the text. Though fans of Tillman's On the Night You Were Born (Feiwel & Friends, 2006) will likely gravitate to this title, general readers will do better to look to other books for their evening routine.—Bethany Isaacson, Wheaton Regional Library, Silver Spring, MD
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 3 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; 1st ed edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312383711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312383718
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (416 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Peter G. Hawkins on October 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
For any parent that has ever tried to get their little one to sleep - while falling asleep yourself - this is a gorgeous, heartbreakingly beautiful book. It will become a classic. The artwork is stunning, the story is truly loving. Whether you are a mom or dad, grandma, grandpa or know of a little one out there, you will find this book a treasure.
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As soon as this book by Eric Metaxas, along with its two sister books also illustrated by Nancy Tillman arrived, I ran around to Walter who runs my local bookstore in London, England. His comment was "Exquisite. There is definitely a market for these books in England". Eric's innate love of his daughter, of life, of God flows through the poetry of his lullaby. Three babies are due in my family this year, and all are going to receive a set of these beautiful books.
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By tzefirah on October 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The simple message is: It's time to sleep, my love. The artwork is stunning, done by an award-winning artist who specializes in nature. The animals are accurately depicted, but in dreamland settings. There is no better bedtime message than telling a child s/he is loved.
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We just got these two books yesterday and I'm blown away by both of them. My two-year-old is more of a Harold fan right now (Harold and the Purple Crayon) and has been put out with me for reading these the two times I have so far, but I'm sure when he gives them a listen he'll love them. I can see these books lasting for many years to come. I have to disagree with what appears to be the majority and say that I've found this a slightly better book than "On the Night You Were Born." Perhaps it's just my personal taste. I'll try to highlight the reasons I like this one better.

It's time to sleep my love:
Has more spectacular illustrations, in my opinion
Rhymes are all perfect, or nearly
Rhythm is perfect, (the reason it's described as a lullaby)
Text is more evenly distributed, 1-2 lines per page (4 or so on the last few pages) so each page gets roughly equal face time without disrupting the story, also helps with the soothing bedtime rhythm.
Is so sweet it makes me cry every time

On the Night You Were Born:
Also has beautiful illustrations
Rhymes are sometimes there, sometimes not, which works if you know what's coming but this annoys me a bit
Rhythm also works if you know what's coming but is not even throughout
Text is not as evenly distributed. One page has three words and another has eight lines. You have to flip past the short ones pretty quickly to keep the story moving which is sad because they're so beautiful I'd like to spend a little more time on each. This is not a big deal and the book is still wonderful
Also is so sweet it makes me cry every time
Tells kids that they are unique and special and loved

Get both these books, you'll be happy you did!
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My 18-month-old daughter loves this book. And so do I. Even after I've gotten tired of the other books in her repertoire, I can still read this beautiful book.

I love the lyrical lilt of the words. I love how I can whisper them to her as she's falling asleep, as if it were some magical tune.

And we both love the images. Amazing artwork. She loves to look for the moon on almost every page, and to identify the different animals.
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I do really like this book, very sweet and well written - I especially like the "sister" book: "on the night you were born" and the related journal book - i recommend getting all three, not just this one. on a side note, another amazing book for going to sleep is called "I'll see you in the morning" - I cannot read it without welling up (in a good way). as good as "It's time toi sleep my love" is, I personally rank "I'll see you in the morning" a notch higher. that being said, I do really like this one as well
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I've read this to my 9-month old since she was born. Now I don't even need the book - I whisper it to her by rote and her eyelids start drooping. It settles her before sleep. Simply beautiful!
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Gorgeous pictures grace this book. There have been some critics who say the language is not modern enough, but I believe that children need to learn words in lots of contexts, so they can read classics later...so I do not have a problem with it. I really enjoy reading this book to my granddaughter. I keep it at my house for when she visits.
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