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Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems Hardcover – September 14, 2010

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3–Sixty well-chosen poems conjure up the perfect atmosphere for dreaming. Sometimes playful and sometimes thought-provoking, the poetry is divided into three categories to carry readers through the bedtime hours: “Going to Sleep,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “In the Night.” Karas's cartoon illustrations, done in gouache, acrylic, and pencil, beautifully complement each poem while also creating an aura of nighttime magic that unifies the volume. The poets included range from Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Eleanor Farjeon to Karla Kuskin, Douglas Florian, and Tony Mitton. There are many moments to enjoy and to treasure within these pages, and this anthology would have a valuable place in most poetry collections.Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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From Booklist

Just right for reading aloud with preschoolers, the 60 poems in this lively anthology play with magical images of the night sky as well as with rituals of bath and bed. Arthur Guiterman’s “Starlighter” includes luminous images of nature and mystery: “When the bat’s on the wing and the bird’s in the tree / Comes the old Starlighter, whom none may see.” Then there is Judith Nicholls’ “Bathtime!” (“I’ve rubbed, I’ve scrubbed”). Karas’ generously sized illustrations in gouache, acrylic, and pencil, many in subdued shades of brown and blue, show a child admiring the moon from many places: a city street, a window, and the side of a pond. Then he marches up the stairs (naming each step as he goes), splashes in the bathtub, and brushes his teeth with the whole family together (“Scrub them, rub them”). Along with the gentle, familiar scenes, many kids will relate to the rebellious voice in Jo Ellen Bogart’s poem: “I am dirty today. I’ll get dirty again / So why bother to wash in between?” A fun companion to Mother Goose. Preschool-Grade 1. --Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763642495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763642495
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.6 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Relax with your child and together share a trip through a dimension of rhyme while reading these charming poems. Switching on the Moon consists of three sections, the first section is called "Going to Bed" the second "Sweet Dreams and the third "In the Night" for a total of 60 poems in all. These are the sweetest poems you can read to a child. The poems are short so an infant will find the rhyme and rhythm delightful with just the right amount of stimulation. An older child will find it effortless to read along and will quickly memorize the short poems. This is a book a child will ask for at bedtime often so be prepared to read it for years to come. The hardcover is great for those toddlers who like to read on their own and the soft illustration on the front cover is sure to remind your child these are special bedtime stories. My favorites poems in the book are "The Bath-time Pirate" and "Naughty Soap Song." two great poems to read before bath-time, with a promise to read the rest later, will have your child in and out of the tub in no time at all. The illustrations although simple are beautiful and not to bright which helps set the bedtime mood. I loved reading all the poems in Switching on the Moon, they are a mix of bath-time, teeth brushing, dreams, tooth fairies, twinkling stars and so much more, a few are classics with a little twist, making them all unique. I absolutely recommend this book to all parents and grandparents, a book for all ages 0-99, as adults will find the poems comforting and enchanting as well.
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I got this book as a present and it became the family hit. For a while, it was the only book we would read at night. We read it so much, I knew by heart about the first 1/3 of the book (which is not just the first third, but also my favorite), and... so did my 4 year old! I used to find her lying on her bed reciting the poems page by page. Now it has entered in competition with Dr Seuss, but I have to say it is still one of her 3 favorite books, and mine too. I have bought this as a present for some of her friends in the hope that they'd like it as much as we do.
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What I Can Tell You: The book is listed as a poetry book for ages 0-5 and is full of colorful, fun and whimsical illustrations however, I think this book goes wayyyy beyond 5. Last year, my son's Kindergarten class started writing poetry and since then, it is something he really enjoys. He is almost 8 years old and loves this book and he has read it over 10 times this week. My friend's daughter almost 10 was here and she loved it also.

This is a great collection of fun, sweet, lovely poems. It is a great introduction to poetry for your little ones and one that will be pulled from the book shelf when they can read on their own. Listening to my son read or sing the poems is beautiful to my ears. As someone who wrote poetry when I was younger,this is music to my ears. It may even inspire him to try writing outside of his classroom.
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This lovely collection of bedtime poems, filled with images and sounds from the night, from "Going to Bed" to "Sweet Dreams" to "In the Night," is a must read for children, infant to three. Balancing beauty with humor, this is both an aesthetic and fun collection for the very young. Sweet Dreams and Good Night.
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This is a beautiful book. The poetry is fun and the illustrations are great. It is a perfect book for the nights when time is short and you need a quick read when putting your children to bed.
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I gave this book for Christmas to all my children who have children--I hope they read poems or stories every night, so when I come across a book like this I want to share it with them. It seemed that the first one everyone opened to was the one about the futility of bathing--because "I will get dirty tomorrow." That got them all chuckling and reading more. Lovely illustrations too!
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This is my go-to baby shower gift from now until eternity. I have been reading this book with my boys, now 2 and 4, for over a year and we are not tired of it yet! As an adult, bedtime stories can be a drag if the material is not interesting. This collection of poems has something for every mood and inspired by the beautiful illustrations I find my imagination is awakened. I think every child deserves to have this book! It has created many special moments for us, I think it is something my children will remember into adulthood.
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