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• This is a terrific collection of bedtime-related poems, compiled by the great Jane Yolen and poet Andrew Fusek
• This book would make a soothing addition to your bedtime routine with your young one.
• The tranquil illustrations done brilliantly by G. Brian Karas add to the general calmness of the reading experience.
Switching on the Moon is a compilation of poems all related to sleep and nighttime activities, separated into three sections: Going to Bed, Sweet Dreams, and In the Night. This book is a gem for parents of younger children; specifically, I think children from birth to at least six years would enjoy this collection. Some poems are soothing, such as Sweet and Low by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Some poems are silly, such as Naughty Soap Song by Dorothy Aldis. Finally, some of the poems are quite informative for a young child, like Yolen's Who Sings in the Night, which is a poem that explains nocturnal activities by a disparate group of night creatures including owls, frogs and more. The book is bound beautifully in a hard cover and would make a perfect baby shower or new baby gift.
In general, poems are a terrific literacy tool for so many reasons including: they allow you to pick how much or how little you want to read at a time, poems generally celebrate language in a way young readers don't get exposed to very often, and they are perfect snippets for newly independent readers to practice with unassisted.
Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters
G. Brian Peters
2010, 96 pages
Excellent Read-Aloud, Poetry, Rhyming Language, Bedtime
• Do you have a favorite bedtime ritual?
• Which is your favorite poem and why?
• Can you name any nocturnal animals?
• Which of those nocturnal animals can you find in the area you live in?
• Do you ever remember any of your dreams? What happened in them?
• Have you ever written a poem?
• Do you think you would like to write a poem?
• How do poems make your feel?
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