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Go to Sleep, Little Farm Hardcover – September 2, 2014
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—Publishers Weekly, starred review"A quiet book for sharing in a cozy setting."
—School Library Journal
"The blue-hued mixed-media illustrations soothingly depict a farm as it moves from dusk to night and bring a hush to the book—and no doubt its readers as well."
"Christopher Silas Neal's lovely and serene illustrations, in matte twilight hues of blue and rose, suggest a sparkling nighttime world that is simultaneously vast and cozy. Clearly Ray has worked to make her language dense and [Margaret Wise] Brown-like, and at times you can feel a gentle incantatory force."
—The New York Times
"The book begins at dusk, the sky slowly going from pink to blue to black and starry, the shadowy gray tones of the illustrations a consummate match for the restful mood of the text."
—Horn Book Magazine
About the Author
Christopher Silas Neal is a critically acclaimed artist and illustrator. He lives and works in Brooklyn, where he teaches illustration at the Pratt Institute. Visit csneal.com.
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A young girl is getting ready for bed while critters and animals outside are getting ready for bed. As she gets ready for bed, we learn where the animals, such as a bee, a beaver, a bear and foxes, all find room to sleep. The tale is told in rhyme and moves us around the farm as all the animals and the farmer are turning in for the night.
The pages in the hardcover are heavy paper and not easily torn by little fingers. The illustrations are muted in color and remind you that night in settling in around the farm. A child will love to be tucked into bed with this final story each night as they go off to dreamland thinking of all the other animals being tucked in as well.
But what makes this one a real winner is its style, charm and the gentle reminder that night is the time to ease into sleep. And so the farm animals - as well as some in the countryside, from bees to bears - fall into their night rhythms, quieting down, finding a place to rest their heads, etc. Just as it is hard to resist yawning when watching someone else yawn, the images of sleepy animals may make tiny eyelids heavy (even when children who do their best to resist sleep)
A little girl is also shown in this book as she goes through her bedtime routine. And then there is the outside world, the creatures around who often have their own bedtimes (and the ones who stay up all night aren't emphasized here, thank goodness). I like books which help encourage an appreciation and understanding of nature. After parents finish reading this one aloud, children will have had a glimpse at the way beavers, bears, and even worms live - and sleep.
And perhaps this last bit won't break or break your decision to purchase this book.... but I found this book so soothing that I had a very good night's sleep after reading it . I guess I needed a reminder that there IS a time to stop trying to cram too many activities into 24 hours and make space for a nice restful sleep.