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Book JE FREEDMAN, CLAIRE Children's JE Fiction-Picture Books
Book JE FREEDMAN, CLAIRE Children's JE Fiction-Picture Books

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Two talented artists pair up in this loving story about bedtime on a farm. Lily can't fall alseep. The farm is much too noisy and Lily is much too curious. "Hush now, Lily," says Mother Rabbit as the full moon rises over the farm. But Lily wants to hear the golden-eyed duck sing its duck lullaby and the cow tell its bedtime story. So Mother Rabbit and Lily embark on a sleepy,barnyard adventure and discover that each animal has a special way of preparing for bedtime. Mother Rabbit and Lily snuggle up in the shadowy stable. And as quiet falls over the farm, the last lullaby of the night is Lily's sweet, little snore.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

It may take a village to raise a child but, according to this inviting bedtime book, it takes a barnyard to coax a baby rabbit to sleep. At first, Lily thinks the farmyard sounds make it too hard to sleep, but she and her mother discover that the noisemakers are actually preparing to bed down themselves-and they're happy to lend Lily a hand. "Are we keeping you awake?" says a duck. "We were only singing sleepy bedtime songs to one another. Would you like me to sing a song to you, too?" A "soft-eyed" cow tells Lily a bedtime story and a hen collects extra straw for Lily's bed. Bendall-Brunello (I Love You This Much) ushers readers into this idyllic rural community with twilight washes of watercolor and light-as-a-feather pencil or crayon strokes. His chiffon textures and openhearted characterizations meld beautifully with the sweet snugness of Freedman's (Where's Your Smile, Crocodile?) lilting prose. In a particularly appealing interlude, the animals issue a chorus of hushabyes, which Bendall-Brunello incorporates into his pictures as zephyrs of text. " `Shhh,' hushed the ducks to the rippling reeds. `Shhh' hushed the cows to the leaves on the trees. `Shhh,' hushed the hens into the whispering wind." A humorous ending does not undercut the soothing, tranquil mood. Ages 2-6. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-This gentle tale of a bunny's sleepless night has lots of charm. While Lily's mother carefully explains the sources of the many barnyard sounds preventing the curious rabbit from sleeping, some of the animals causing the disturbances come forward to share their nighttime comforts, lullabies, and bedtime stories with the tired creature. While their offerings do little to soothe Lily, the hens' straw beds intrigue her. When she finally snuggles down on one of her own, the sleepy horses awake to a new sound in the barn-Lily snoring peacefully. The soft, warm watercolor-and-pencil illustrations match the tone of this comforting tale. While this book is a grand storytime choice, it will also be terrific for one-on-one sharing.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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