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Kiss Good Night (Sam Books) Paperback – October 10, 2006
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About the Author
Anita Jeram is the illustrator of the best-selling GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU by Sam McBratney. She is also the author-illustrator of BUNNY, MY HONEY and ALL TOGETHER NOW. About KISS GOOD NIGHT, she says it reminds her of when "the children and I are comfortable and safe, tucked up snug in bed, listening to the rain outside the window and everything around seems to glow with the warmth."
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Kiss Good Night [text]
1. It was a dark and story night on Plum Street.
2. In the little white house Mrs. Bear was putting Sam to bed. "Ready now, Sam?" "Oh, no," said Sam. "I'm waiting."
3. Mrs. Bear sat on the bed beside Sam and they read his favorite book and they both knew all the words.
4. Afterward, Mrs. Bear pulled one side of the blanket way up high under Sam's chin, and the blanket was red. She pulled the other side, too, tucking it under his toes like a nest. Outside, the wind blew. Whoo, whoooo. "Ready now, Sam?" "Oh, no," said Sam. "I'm waiting."
5. Mrs. Bear arranged Sam's friends in the bed and they all snuggled close in the blanket that was red. Outside, the rain came down. Splat! On the roof. Splat! Splat! On the windows. The wind blew. Whoo, whoooo. "Ready now, Sam?" "Oh, no," said Sam. "I'm waiting."
6. Mrs. Bear poured milk in two glasses and they both drank milk and it was warm sliding down. Afterward, Mrs. Bear yawned. "You must be ready now," she said. But Sam shook his head. "I'm waiting," he said.
7. "Hmmmm," said Mrs. Bear, "let me think.Read more ›
I had to deduct a star, though, for the text. I find it stilted and awkward in places -- like it could use another round of editing. I love the sound effects "splat!" of the rain and "woooo" of the wind. I love the kisses. I struggle with some of the longer bedtime routine paragraphs. I am inclined to rephrase them, but don't want to confuse my daughter when she grows old enough to read the words herself. For instance, I always trip over this one: "Afterward, Mrs. Bear pulled one side of the blanket way up high under Sam's chin, and the blanket was red." And this one: Mrs. Bear poured milk in two glasses and they both drank milk and it was warm sliding down. Afterward, Mrs. Bear yawned." I want to make the first excerpt two distinct sentences, simplify the second considerably, and eliminate both "afterwards" entirely.
I know this is nit-picky, and it shouldn't stop you from buying the book! The story is delightful and sweet. Some pages, the text flows beautifully. Hest makes nice use of repetition, which is fitting in a bedtime ritual story. I just wish I could hack at a few of these paragraphs and pare them down! Despite that, "Kiss Goodnight" is a bedtime favorite in our household!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Small size FYI. Love this book and I have it full size for which bought this as a gift thinking it was same but it's very small. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anne
I am so glad I found this book. My son used to read this book for bed time.Published 1 month ago by Madelaine
Not the best book with the way it's written. But, not the worst eitherPublished 5 months ago by Chad K.
This is a great book, especially for a little boy. My son's favorite and now that he's almost 8, he reads it to me.Published 5 months ago by A. Stowell
We like this book it's fun that the character is a Sam like our boy!Published 8 months ago by Esther Kaiser (Morris)