Also, the lines are constructed in such a way that substitutions are pretty easy It s easy to add an endearment of choice into the final couplet, or to slip in the name one s own baby I swap out sheep for lamb It s Time for Bed, little lamb, little lamb In the whole wide world, you re my only Sam He likes that page.
I hadn t realised this was a Mem Fox book until I was looking for a couple of little board books for Hugh for Christmas To be honest, I found the cover so ugly something about the colours and typeface and overall design that I d never picked it up before.
But I love Mem Fox I grew up with Possum Magic which was a huge favourite of mine, and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge A friend gave us Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes at our baby shower, which Hugh and I love, but this is new to me.
It s quite sweet and very simple Each double page spread features a mother animal and her offspring, and the rhyme goes like this It s Time for Bed, little mouse, little mouse,Darkness is falling all over the house.
It s Time for Bed, little goose, little goose,The stars are out and on the loose.
And so on About halfway it changes from it s Time for Bed to it s time to sleep , and it ends with a little girl being put to bed with the lines The stars on high are shining bright Sweet dreams, my darling, sleep wellGood night It has a very soothing lullaby rhythm to it that makes it perfect for bedtime reading, though of course I ll happily read it whenever they bring it to me to read.
My two year old wants to read this every night.
It makes a great board book and bedtime story It has that classic feeling to it much like Goodnight Moon and Brown Bear Brown Bear.
Oh this book is such a delight I ve read so many picture books lately that are such rubbish, it was wonderful to read one of such high quality The text was beautifully and simply written and illustrations were soft and reminiscent of nightfall I read a copy online through open library, but I m sure a hardcopy would be worth investing in if you have young children.
Gwyn approves We read this four times tonight.
I only give it three stars because it is not totally accurate For example, it says, it s Time for Bed, little sheep, little sheep The whole wide world is going to sleep I know they needed this to rhyme but first of all, baby sheep are not called sheep but lambs it teaches children the wrong word And secondly, the whole wide world is not asleep In France, they could be just waking up I know, picky little things But you may as well teach the children the correct things in the first place.
This is one of those times when sentimentality is coloring my ratings Before I had a kid and received this tiny board book as a hand me down, if you d shown is to me, I might have called some of the illustrations a littledated, and written it off because the fact that the only human child in the book happens to be a blond haired, white cherub I probably still wouldn t buy it as a gift for others for that reason That said, at some point I did pick up this book and realized what a calm, soothing rhyme scheme it had Now we read it along with two other books before every nap There are sweet, cuddly depictions of lots of animals beyond the usual suspects it s not every day you see a realistic looking baby snake or fish being tucked in to sleep , and while it s a bit long, my kid is still little read oblivious enough that I can skip pages here and there when I really need to get her into the crib faster.
Our favorite night night book White text makes it semi visible in a room with a night light, although this isn t really necessary because it s not a story It s a series of big animals lovingly telling little ones it s time for sleep We have books for play but this soothes a 2 year old off to dreamland I don t like the line towards the end The very last kiss is almost here , and always change it on the fly, but so he still knows it s almost night night kiss time Pictures mouse, goose, cat, calf, foal, fish, sheep, bird, bee, snake, pup, deer, human very blue eyed blond Also, stars, moons, underwater bubbles, polar bear, and my random interjections of kiss, baby, mama, daddy, and so on.