Gillian Shields - When the World Is Ready for Bed

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Feb 7, 2011
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Pros:illustrations, lullaby of words

Cons:None

The Bottom Line: A wonderful bedtime book for all ages


Background:

My mother in law bought this book for my 8 month old twins. It is by Gillian Shield and illustarted by Anna Currey. It was well received as a Christmas gift and the twins have been enjoying it since, but probably not as much as the adults.

When the World Is Ready for Bed:
This is a book that can truly be enjoyed by the young and the old. It creates a tone in my voice and a mood in the room that is so peaceful and calming. It is a pleasure to read, as it really does put all who hear it in a meditative state, helping each of us unwind for bed.

The book is about a family of bunnies getting ready for bed. The illustrations are of wispy sunsets, ma bunny calling her babies into the house, familiar bedtime rituals we can all relate to, prayers and hugs good night. Looking at each scene gives me a warm, peaceful feeling and helps me think of the love shared in my own family.

Each page seems to be a calming meditation such as “little flowers shutting their eyes and night birds singing lullabies” and “Look, a star is shining bright. To guard you in the dreaming night.”

The book remind us that the world (well at least those in our time zone) are all getting ready for bed at the same time as us. It is this shared vision that helps young ones realize that rest is important for everyone and that night is the time to rest.

The words of the book are calm and soothing. It talks about how we know it is bedtime, “the sky grows dark, the sun glows red.”About what thing in nature do before bed – routines of the sky, flowers, and animals. It also describes what happens in our homes before bed – talking about our day, washing up, cuddling with a beloved stuffed animal, reading a book. This book leaves us with the hope of a new day and all the wonders that day will bring.

Overall:
While I love reading this book to my little ones now, I feel that they will grow to love it more as they get older. This book is more appropriate for probably ages 7 and up.

I can see my two little ones climbing into bed and begging to hear this story. And no doubt they will still fall fast asleep before it is over, like they do now as babies.

This review is entered in the Lean & Mean Review Challenge as started by Sleeper54


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