Children's Book Review, Let's Go to Sleep
by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
Let's Go to Sleep was written by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Michelle Dawson, and published by Working Title Press (2013). I've also reviewed Margaret Wild's books: Vampyre, and The Treasure Box. There are excellent teacher notes from Janet McLean to accompany the book.
Hush! All over the world, in deserts and jungles, in woodlands and seas, little ones everywhere are going to sleep. Let’s Go To Sleep is the perfect bedtime book - guaranteed to give all small readers the sweetest of dreams.
The stand-out feature of this charming children's picture book is the beautiful, poetic language. That makes it a great choice to use with students learning how to write poetry. Gentle imagery is well-supported by the choice of words, and there's lots of alliteration for young poets to find. Can you hear how the sibilance in this section echoes waves on the shore?
Where silvery skies lie down in the sea, let's go to sleep, little dolphin.
Having Michelle Dawson as illustrator is an inspired choice. Her delicate, dreamy sketches with muted colours depict baby animals from allover the world settling down to sleep. Each page shows a new baby animal in its special environment, accompanied by a loving parent.
Above all, Let's Go to Sleep makes a perfect choice for parents who want a read-aloud that will help youngsters settle down at bedtime. It's just delightful to read aloud, gentle, relaxing … I would write more …honestly … but … zzzzzzz
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