Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Bunnies Are Not in Their Beds

The Bunnies Are Not in Their Beds
By Marisabina Russo

Read It
A must have in any household with children is a stack of good bedtime stories.  Our family added The Bunnies Are Not in Their Beds to our nightime routine.  First the bunnies are tucked snugly away in bed while Mamma and Daddy settle in to enjoy the quietude.  But uh-oh!  Some noise from upstairs interrupts the silence.  Mamma and Daddy sneak upstairs to spy on the bunnies, then settle them back down for bed.  Back and forth they go until finally everything is silent . . . maybe.  Read this fun story with your children tonight at bedtime to find if the bunnies finally go to sleep!

Enjoy It
Marisabina Russo's illustrations make this book feel like a modern-day Goodnight, Moon--and the text even brings a hush at the end like that old classic story.  I love the syncapated rythm of this book and how that rythm depicts quite well the gentle tug-of-war between the excitement and play of bunnies--I mean children--and the sleepiness and rest every evening brings. 

Make It Come to Life
Next time bedtime rolls around, grab a teddy bear or some train tracks, and snuggle up in your pajamas with your little ones and this book; talk about your family's bedtime routine and compare it with the bunny family's.  Maybe you can put on a pot of tea and have a slice of cake before bed like Mamma and Daddy bunny do.  Whatever routine lulls you to sleep tonight may you have sweet dreams of bunnies in their beds!

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