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Bedtime in the Southwest

By Mona Hodgson, Illustrated by Renee Graef
Available in: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0873588713
Published: September 1, 2004

Comical desert critters 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. (Appeals to all ages, but especially ages 2 to 6.)

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.

Check out the Bedtime in the Southwest Desert Critter Cast!

The Cast of Desert Critters

Listed in the order they appear in the book!

  • Prong-horned Antelope
  • Hummingbird
  • Jackrabbit or Hare
  • Packrat or Woodrat
  • Roadrunner
  • Striped Skunk
  • Porcupine
  • Great-Horned Owl
  • Gecko
  • Gambel’s Quail
  • Coyote
  • Crow

What Readers are Saying

“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.”

~Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA

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