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*Bedtime in the Jungle* by John Butler
Bedtime in the Jungle
by John Butler
Grades PreK-1 32 pages Peachtree September 2009 Hardcover    

Are you looking for a counting book for your preschooler? A bedtime book? Or perhaps an animal book, or even a book about families of different sizes? Bedtime in the Jungle manages to fit happily into all of those categories.

The sun is setting in the jungle, the sky is “streaked with red,” and the animals are soothing their babies to sleep. One rhino baby lies down in the grass next to her mother:
“Sleep”, said her mother.

“I’ll sleep,” said the one.

And they slept in the jungle, as the day was almost done.
As the night unfolds, we meet two baby monkeys and their mother making a soft bed next to a clear blue stream. Three leopard cubs and their mother snuggle under a shady tree. When you get to the elephant with its ten babies, you find a delightful surprise waiting for you - a gorgeous foldout of baby elephants settling down for the night by a riverbend.

The rhyming text, which is modeled after the children’s song “Over in the Meadow,” and the beautiful pastel artwork make for a soothing and lovely bedtime book for young ones. Children will particularly enjoy counting the number of members in each family and comparing these with their own.

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