Saturday, July 31, 2010

When the World is Ready for Bed


When the World is Ready for Bed. Gillian Shields. Illustrated by Anna Currey. 2009. Bloomsbury. 32 pages.

When the world
Is ready for bed,
The sky grows dark,
The sun glows red.

The little flowers
Shut their eyes,
The night birds sing
Their lullabies.

Supper's ready
In the pot--
Come and eat it
While it's hot.

When the World Is Ready for Bed is a sweet, gentle bedtime book. It's written in rhyme. (But the rhymes are nicely done.) It makes for a rhythmic read aloud, it flows easily. In the book, readers meet a family of bunnies. Cute, adorable bunnies who are getting ready to go to bed. What's involved in their nightly routine? The usual. Taking a bath. Brushing teeth. Putting on pajamas. And the all-important bedtime story!

It's a sweet book, a cute book. It may not appeal to every reader. But I liked it.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

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