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. Volume XVIII Number 21. . . .February 3, 2012
A bedtime story about bedtime is the perfect story to read aloud at the end of the day. This book is about children in different parts of the world who are going to sleep in different ways. Some children are shown sleeping in tents, others in igloos or hammocks. In each case, they are shown dozing peacefully with a family member or an animal.
Doretta Groenendyk, author and illustrator, begins the book with a wish that children around the world "may go to bed free of hunger, fear, loneliness and pain." On this peaceful note, the book begins its rhythmic lullaby. Each page shows a child from a different country going to sleep in a unique way. The text provides clues to where the child lives. The final line from each page is "Thank you for my bed," which gives pattern and predictability to the book. It also delivers the underlying message about being thankful for having a safe place to sleep.
Claire Perrin is a teacher-librarian with the Toronto District School Board.
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