Grandma bear is baby-sitting Archie, who is having trouble falling asleep. She makes sure he has his stuffed animals, sings lullabies, and warms up milk. Even watching dancing fireflies fails to make her drowsy. What finally works is telling him stories about when his mommy was little, especially about putting her to bed. The language has a gentle cadence that is relaxing and soothing. The pastel-colored illustrations complement the story and the pale tones and soft edges give the artwork a cozy, comforting appearance. Some of the spreads are larger than life and will draw reluctant sleepers right into the scenes. The intergenerational relationship alone makes this a worthy addition to any collection.
Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA
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