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Good night, sleep tight
Freedman, Claire.
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Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams, [2003]

Physical Description:
24 unnumbered pages ; 29 cm
While babysitting, Grandma tries several ways to get Archie to feel sleepy but nothing works until she remembers how she used to put his mother to bed when she was a little girl.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 73917.
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Alden Ewell Free Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Hamburg Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lancaster Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Williamsville Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Audubon Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Eggertsville-Snyder Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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In this soothing tale, a little bear and his babysitting grandmother discover just the right bedtime ritual, one that Grandma remembers sharing with another mischievous bear long ago. Full color.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-K. Archie, a little bear cub, has a bit of trouble going to sleep when he spends the night at his grandmother's house. Even after Grandma gives him a mug of warm milk, takes him out to watch the fireflies, and sings him a lullaby, he is still wide awake. But when Grandma reminisces about putting his mother to bed years ago, Archie falls under the spell of this familiar bedtime story and slips into sleep. The large, appealing illustrations of the two bears and their surroundings feature many rounded forms that are defined by soft pencil drawings and washed with warm, gentle watercolors. Cozy and reassuring in its words as well as illustrations, this picture book will fit right in with\b children's own bedtime rituals. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Grandma Bear isn't having any luck coaxing her grandson into dreamland. Then she hits upon the idea of telling Archie all about his mommy when she was a cub. The older bear makes sure to include just enough titillating "naughty things" to show that Mommy wasn't always an upstanding citizen: two spot illustrations show the girl cub eating oatmeal from a bowl jauntily perched upside-down on her head, and bouncing on the bed while the feathers fly. Then, as Grandma reminisces about the bedtime techniques she used way back when (a special tuck-in, a forehead stroke, a kiss followed by "Good night, sleep tight"), Archie realizes that his mommy does the same thing with him today, and happily drifts off to sleep. Tyger (The Wide-Mouthed Frog), the nom de plume of a three-artist team, works in subdued, downy watercolors that emphasize how Grandma's loving, ample girth envelops the plump little Archie like a comforter. Freeman's (Hushabye Lily) language, with its familiar words and rhythms, resonates with security and affection. The word "sleepy" serves as a kind of refrain throughout the text, and although it's used to described what Archie is not, it functions as a subliminal (and effective) soporific. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Grandma bear is baby-sitting Archie, who is having trouble falling asleep. She makes sure he has his stuffed animals, sings lullabies, and warms up milk. Even watching dancing fireflies fails to make her drowsy. What finally works is telling him stories about when his mommy was little, especially about putting her to bed. The language has a gentle cadence that is relaxing and soothing. The pastel-colored illustrations complement the story and the pale tones and soft edges give the artwork a cozy, comforting appearance. Some of the spreads are larger than life and will draw reluctant sleepers right into the scenes. The intergenerational relationship alone makes this a worthy addition to any collection.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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