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Time for Bed Board book – September 1, 1997
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All the sleepy-eyed creatures in Mem Fox and Jane Dyer's sweet picture book, Time for Bed, may be inspiration enough for young readers to nod off to dreamland. But just in case, this charming gift set includes, in addition to a board-book edition of the popular book, a soothing ceramic nightlight depicting Mama and Baby sheep. ("It's time for bed, little sheep, little sheep, / The whole wide world is going to sleep.") Here is the perfect gift for a newborn, who will start out life in the coziest surroundings possible. (Baby to preschool) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Filling each spread, Dyer's (illustrator of the Piggins books and of Baby Bear's Bedtime Book ) commanding yet gentle, large-scale watercolors are the key to the appeal of this bedtime lullaby. Fox ( Possum Magic ; Guess What? ) offers sweet but slim verse that bids good night to a selection of animals being cuddled and coddled by their mothers, all endearingly rendered at eye-level. The rhymed couplets have a pleasantly lilting rhythm, if an occasionally trite rhyme scheme: "It's time for bed, little sheep, little sheep, / The whole wide world is going to sleep." After viewing the various animals nodding off, youngsters will take their bedtime cue from a cherubic toddler, whose blond head falls into a pillow covered with golden stars as mother offers a hug and the text concludes: "The stars on high are shining bright-- / Sweet dreams, my darling, sleep well . . . / good night!" Ages 2-6.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As an educational tool, children will learn to recognize the illustrated animals: mouse, goose, cat, calf, foal, fish, sheep, bird, bee, snake, pup, and deer. My son received the hardcover edition of "Time For Bed" as a baby gift, and I was so captivated by the artwork that the board book version was purchased as a supplement. One-year and up.
So I have my louder, funny book The Going-To-Bed Book that I read first. This is the quiet one and the last one I read right before putting him in his crib. The book is really cute, my 9 year old daughter snuggles up to us and enjoys the book also. I love the rhymes and the flow of the book, it's easy to read in a quiet, calming voice. It is fun to read and there's just the right amount of words to picture ratio for very little ones. The pictures aren't anything super spectacular, but they are decent. They aren't very bright, so I think it helps calm him down (although at this point everything is speculation). At 28 pages it's a good size board book. I am very happy with my purchase and plan on buying it for some upcoming baby showers.
I'm not going to give up on this book because I really think it's just loverly. So I'm still keeping this. I know she will grow and will love it when she gets older. She is already starting to take intrest in our pet dog and our pet fish. So I know she will love animals and will love all the animals in this little wonderful book.
My only issue was the page mentioning "the very last kiss". We say "Today's very last kiss" instead.
The illustrations are beautiful, the rhymes are pretty good and super super super sweet. The words are simple enough for a beginner read to read on his or her own. All good things. The rhyming is sing-song-y which is comforting at night time, especially when rocking or swaying softly back and forth. My daughter loves the last two pages with the sleeping child. She likes to point to those pages and say, "bebee seepin..." Precious!
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the bigger, hardback version.Read more
Hard back, well done.