Here’s another entry into Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series.
|We eat. I mean read this one a lot at our house.
Red Wagon Books Harcourt Inc., 1993
Suitable for: Ages 1 to 3
Theme/Topic: Bedtime, Rhyme
Opening: It’s time for bed, little mouse, little mouse,
Darkness is falling all over the house.
For writers, read how Mem Fox developed the idea for this book. She was preparing a workshop and came up with the first lines — then completed a first draft in one evening.
Brief Synopsis: (from back cover) Day is done. Darkness is falling everywhere, and little ones are getting sleepy. This gentle book, with its rhythmic verse and peaceful, loving illustrations, will lull toddlers whether it’s bedtime, nap time, or simply time for a snuggle.
Link to resources: Here is a lesson plan for grades pre-K-5. A few quick tips include having children list rhyming words and have children rewrite the story using other animals and their babies.
This site offers different ways to discuss the book through the vocabulary used in the book to the things the children do to get ready for bed. Here is an author study unit plan about Mem Fox.
Why I chose this book: I enjoy Mem Fox’s wonderful rhyme in this book. Sometimes the “rhythmic verse and peaceful, loving illustrations” soothe me more than my son at the end of a long day. I don’t like the snakes in the book, so I sometimes skip over those pages.
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