Go to Sleep, Little Farm

by Mary Lyn Ray and Christopher Silas Neal

Across the countryside animals are going to sleep while a girl in her bedroom imitates... read more

Across the countryside animals are going to sleep while a girl in her bedroom imitates their actions. She hides under her bed like the mice burrowing underground and piles her toys on her bed mimicking the way that a beaver builds a dam. As the little girl grows sleepier and crawls under the covers, the bedtime observations grow more dreamlike. The everyday is paired with the poetic as “somewhere a story goes to sleep in a book” and “somewhere a pocket sleeps in a skirt.” The muted blue and pink images too become more dreamlike as the little girl swims with a fish, rides a sheep, and curls up with a deer in a chorus of good-night wishes. Finally, with a story from Dad and a hug from Mom, the little girl glides off to sleep “just as dreams flicker near.” Lyrical language and faintly retro art complement each other in this hushed and restful read. Highly Commended, 2015 Charlotte Zolotow Award (Ages 2–5)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015

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