Cute desert critters comically define what not to do when it’s time for bed in Bedtime in the Southwest, a rhyming lullaby that helps kids make the transition from a busy day to a restful night. (Especially appeals to ages 2 to 6.)
Published by Rising Moon Books/Northland Publishing, now owned by Cooper Square Publishing. Illustrated by Renee Graef, illustrator for the Kirsten books in the American Girl Collection and many of the books in the My First Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Bedtime with a Southwestern flair is the theme of this appealing tribute to the nightly ritual. Critters indigenous to the region populate the illustrations that accompany simple verses posed in the form of questions. For example, does a baby bird “beg for juice from her favorite flower?” or a rabbit “hop on the bed and bounce for an hour?” Even very young children will recognize the evening stalling tactics portrayed in the desert animal antics. Warm-toned pictures evocative of the native landscape imbue the book with humor and tender affection. Missing is an identification key to the animals pictured, which would have enhanced curious youngsters’ overall enjoyment of the book. Purchase this sweet treat for collections needing more sleepy-time tales.–Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA