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Author: Mary Morgan

Illustrator: Mary Morgan

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Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Mama mouse tucks her little one into bed, just as she does every night. Except tonight, he's having trouble sleeping and is trying to decide the best place to sleep: a bird's nest? with the puppies? A great story for taming the little sleep procrastinator…and at the same time making him/her think about what they wish for.

Type of Reading: family reading, bedtime story

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 4; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 2 to 5

Reading Level: 2.2

Age of Child: Started reading with child 2 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: After we read the story the first time, s/he wanted to flip through the book itself, without the story, just to look at (and name) the animals in the pictures.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a wonderfully sweet tale. Mama Mouse has positive, open-ended responses to each of her little mouse's creative ideas. Wish I was that good!

Pros: Even though this is billed for kindergartners & first graders, it's a delightful story to engage toddlers…who are themselves busy looking for ways to get out of going to bed.

Cons: As a hard cover, it could worn pretty fast. The pages are stronger than a paperback, but not yet a board book.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This one will be great from infancy through first grade. It would also make a WONDERFUL gift for new parents.


Educational Themes: A good book for introducing or reinforcing animal habitats. We haven't found too many books out there that in and of themselves encourage creativity and critical thinking at the kid's level. This is a great one.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2004

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