for Go to Sleep, Little Farm
by Mary Lyn Ray
and Christopher Silas Neal
Across the countryside animals are going to sleep while a girl in her bedroom imitates their actions. She hides under her bed like the mice burrowing underground and piles her toys on her bed mimicking the way that a beaver builds a dam. As the little girl grows sleepier and crawls under the covers, the bedtime observations grow more dreamlike. The everyday is paired with the poetic as “somewhere a story goes to sleep in a book” and “somewhere a pocket sleeps in a skirt.” The muted blue and pink images too become more dreamlike as the little girl swims with a fish, rides a sheep, and curls up with a deer in a chorus of good-night wishes. Finally, with a story from Dad and a hug from Mom, the little girl glides off to sleep “just as dreams flicker near.” Lyrical language and faintly retro art complement each other in this hushed and restful read. Highly Commended, 2015 Charlotte Zolotow Award (Ages 2–5)
CCBC Choices 2015. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015. Used with permission.
In the tradition of Margaret Wise Brown, Mary Lyn Ray presents a hushed picture book about the rhythm of the natural world on a small farm as all creatures prepare for sleep. Artist Christopher Silas Neal's classic illustrations quiet even the most restless little night owls with familiar childlike imagery and the comforts of routine. All is well, it reminds them. Now is the time for dreams.
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