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Title:
It's time to sleep, my love
Author:
Metaxas, Eric.
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Publication Information:
New York : Feiwel & Friends, [2008]

©2008
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
As children prepare for bed, the world around them is also settling down for the night. Through the seasons, animals who live in the jungle, the forest, and the sea all whisper to their babies, and to yours, a soft refrain: "It's time to sleep, my love."
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780312383718

9781250002907
Format :
Book

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Summary

It's time to sleep, it's time to sleep, the fishes croon in waters deep. The songbirds sing in trees above, "It's time to sleep, my love, my love." As children prepare for bed, the world around them is also settling down for the night. Animals who live in the jungle, the forest, the sea-all whisper to their babies a soft refrain: It's time to sleep, my love. As comforting as a soft blanket and warm as a goodnight hug, Eric Metaxas's lullaby is lovingly brought to life by bestselling artist Nancy Tillman (On the Night You Were Born), whose illustrations celebrate the wonders of the natural world, and the bonds of family.


Author Notes

Nancy Tillman created her first book, On the Night You Were Born, to convey to children at an early and impressionable age, "You are the one and only ever you." Nancy has written and illustrated the best selling titles: The Spirit of Christmas, Wherever You are My Love Will Find You, Tumford the Terrible, The Crown on Your Head, and I'd Know You Anywhere, My Love. She also illustrated It's Time to Sleep, My Love, with Eric Metaxas.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The creator of On the Night You Were Born (2007), a New York Times best-seller, contributes just the illustrations in this lilting, picture-book lullaby. On each two-page spread, animals prepare for sleep, often coaxed by loving parents. Metaxas' words set the sleepy-time tone with lulling sounds, repetition, and rhythms in short lines that read like poetry: So drones the drowsy bumblebee inside its hive inside its tree. It's time to sleep. Tillman combines vibrantly colored photos and textured paintings in digital collages of the detailed animals, sometimes snuggled with a human child under starry, moonlit skies. As in On the Night You Were Born, the words directly address a young listener with comforting, fanciful imagery: Your dreams will be arriving soon. They'll float to you in sleep's balloon. Culminating in a final scene of a sleeping child in a floating bed under a watchful moon, this gentle, tender offering will buoy children with its strong messages of safety and love.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2008 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Beyond the soothing titular refrain repeated throughout, troubles cripple this ode to bedtime ritual. Without strict stylistic technique, the verse is unnecessarily redundant, and cumbersome phrases such as "And as you dream inside your sleep" will trip up readers. Adults will surely have to explain the lines "Your dreams will be arriving soon./They'll float to you/in sleep's balloon./They'll be here when I snuff the wick,/you'd better close your eyelids quick." The book's design clearly favors Tillman's richly hued digital and mixed-media composite paintings over the text. Though fans of Tillman's On the Night You Were Born (Feiwel & Friends, 2006) will likely gravitate to this title, general readers will do better to look to other books for their evening routine.-Bethany Isaacson, Wheaton Regional Library, Silver Spring, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

"It's time to sleep, it's time to sleep," the fishes croon in waters deep. The songbirds sing in trees above, "It's time to sleep, my love, my love." "It's time to sleep, my love." Excerpted from It's Time to Sleep, My Love by Eric Metaxas, Nancy Tillman All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.