Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Bedtime in the Meadow

Bedtime in the Meadow

Stephanie Shaw
Illustrator:  Laura Watkins 
Board Book
For ages 2 to 5
Tiger Tales, 2013   ISBN: 978-1589256286

The sun has gone down and the last glowing colors of sunset are leaving the sky. Stars are “blinking / in sleepy dark skies” and the animals that live in the meadow are getting ready for bedtime.   

   Butterfly settles down to nap on a cattail, and nearby Meadowlark roosts on the branch of a willow tree. Overlooking the pond a mother fox and her kits cuddle together in their den “a patchwork of orange.” On a lily pad a father frog snores while his tadpoles in the water nearby “dream deeply in warm, muddy silt.”

   In this delightful board book a soothing rhyming text describes bedtime in an animal community. Soft illustrations show us the animals preparing for bedtime and then at rest in their respective sleeping places.

   This is a perfect book to share with young children at bedtime.