“Night-night, little one,” says Duffy’s mommy, but the little rabbit cannot fall asleep. He moves his toys around: monkey next to mouse, big bear next to little bear, and duck in the middle. But it doesn’t help. Mommy brings him a drink of water, but that doesn’t help either. So Duffy starts singing a song to monkey, but that only gets him in trouble for making too much noise.
Duffy’s not scared of the nighttime; he’s just lonely and bored because nothing ever happens in the dark. So Mommy sits down and tells him all about the nighttime, when Mr. Fox takes his walk, the Hedgehog family go looking for snails, and Herbert the little badger plays in the very same woods that Duffy plays in during the day. Poor Duffy is getting awfully sleepy now, and as the moon slips its night light into his bedroom, he falls fast asleep.
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Angela McAllister has written over 30 books for children.
Maggie Kneen has illustrated many children’s books, including Cynthia Rylant’s Thimbleberry Stories.
PreSchool-Duffy is restless and can't settle down to sleep. The little rabbit arranges and rearranges his bed full of toys. He calls for a drink of water and another story, and he sings to Monkey. His problem is that he just doesn't like the night. Then his mother tells him about the night animals. She opens the curtains to reveal Mr. Fox, the Bats, the Hedgehogs, and the Badger family. Duffy listens and is fascinated by the parallels between his life and that of Herbert Badger. The young rabbit begins to feel secure in his bed, and at last he's ready for sleep. The soft textures and colors of the illustrations reflect perfectly the serenity of the text. Each watercolor-and-gouache painting shows soft, friendly animals that resemble plush toys-bedtime friends. Using tiny brush strokes, the artist has created textures that long to be touched and cuddled, and she offers an enchanted view of the night and its creatures. This quiet, calming bedtime story shows parenting at its best. The mother is patient and reassuring, and her voice is as soothing as a lullaby. The book envelops readers in the warm comfort of family; surely only sweet dreams will follow.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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Book Description Doubleday Books for Young Read, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110385327323
Book Description Doubleday Books for Young Readers. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0385327323 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1059477