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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Peter Rabbit goes to sleep

When the World is Ready for Bed by Gilliam Shields illustrated by Anna Currey

Told in rhyme this story follows three young bunnies (illustrated in a style very reminiscent of Peter Rabbit) from dusk to bedtime. The bunnies take us through a normal routine eating dinner with the family, cleaning up toys, talking about their day, getting all washed up for bed, hearing a story, and finally snuggling into bed. The last page reminds us that tomorrow is a new day waiting for us to enjoy.

This book was amazing cute and sweet. Obviously a great read aloud for bedtime, but also very heartwarming. The illustrations are beautiful and are similar to that of Peter Rabbit but do have their own style and great warm colors. It doesn't hurt that the bunnies are adorable and have something a bit different about each of them. Each page spread has a different activity that the bunnies are doing to wind down for bedtime. The text on each page is only four lines long with the second and fourth lines rhyming which gives the story a great flow. I think this could become one of the books you read every night as the very last story before bedtime. Highly recommended for ages 2-4.

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