Time for Bed

Time for Bed

Board Book(First Edition)

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“It’s time for bed, little cat, little cat / So snuggle in tight, that’s right, like that.” This 1993 bedtime favorite from the Australian author Mem Fox and the illustrator Jane Dyer is now available in this small, square board book edition. Even the most reluctant snoozers will find themselves lulled by the repetitive rhythms, as the parent sheep, cat, snake, and fish implore their babies to get some shuteye: “It’s time for bed, little sheep, little sheep, / The whole wide world is going to sleep.” Dyer’s watercolor illustrations are bucolic and beautiful. A sweet, soothing lullaby.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152010669
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/28/1997
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 28
Sales rank: 11,889
Product dimensions: 5.02(w) x 5.25(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: Up to 2 Years

About the Author

MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.

Jane Dyer has illustrated many well-loved picture books, including Move Over, Rover!, a Geisel Honor Book written by Karen Beaumont; Oh My Baby, Little One, an ABA Pick of the Lists and Parent's Choice Recommended Book written by Kathi Appelt; and the bestselling classic Time for Bed by Mem Fox. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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Time for Bed 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
nutsy More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Like 'Goodnight Moon', it has a nice soft lulling text as it sends several animals to bed. Perfect for bedtime cuddling and reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My oldest son received this book as a gift when he was a baby. We read it to him every night. As he got older, he begged us to read it more and more each day. Now we have another son who just turned one. He has already discovered the joy of this book. He points to it each day before his nap and at bedtime so that we will read it for him. It truly is a family favorite!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This darling bedtime story, so endearing will charm your youngster to sweet dreams night after night. Jane Dyer¿s watercolor illustrations depicting animals, and their offspring are OUTSTANDING. Each two-page spread features a different Mommy (or Daddy), in a suitable setting, preparing their ¿little one¿ for bed. For instance, the mice are portrayed at the base of a hallow tree, and the fish are deep at sea. The sweet, and simple text appears on the left side of the book, while each mimicking phrase begins with, ¿It¿s time for bed.¿ Subtle and rhythmic, the beat is ideal for nighttime reading, ¿It¿s time for bed, little sheep, little sheep, the whole wide world is going to sleep.¿ The book concludes with a Mommy tucking a toddler into bed, ¿The stars on high are shining bright, sweet dreams, my darling, sleep well, good night!¿ This is a precious bedtime book. As an educational tool, children will learn to recognize the illustrated animals: mouse, goose, cat, calf, foal, fish, sheep, bird, bee, snake, pup, and deer. My son received the hardcover edition of ¿Time For Bed¿ as a baby gift, and I was so captivated by the artwork that the board book version was purchased as a supplement. One-year and up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lovely melodic rhymes and soothing enchanting water colour images. Perfect for settling a young one for sleep. Has become one of our daugher's favourites. Will form a part of your child's golden memories. A truly lovely piece of writing. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
beautiful illustrations, sweet, calm story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the book that I give to every friend or family member that is expecting their first baby. It is an engaging book with the most beautiful illustrations, that is to be enjoyed more and more with each reading. I will buy several copies at a time to keep on hand along with copies of Elizabeth Mitchell's CD "You are My Little Bird."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this to my twin grandsons when they were babies and I've given it many times for baby shower gifts. It is always appreciated and enjoyed no matter how many times you've read the story. Beautiful story and the illustrations are delightful.
MamaFox97 More than 1 year ago
I love to read this book to my children before bed. It is short and sweet and shows a variety of animals. The snake page scares me though. My little sons always say "oh how cute" with the page showing a little mouse with his mother. It's also a good way to teach animals and their sounds, so use it as a learning tool, too. The last page and rhyme don't exactly flow as well as the rest of the book, but I guess humans need to be in the story too. It's a cute book.
Make-it-Snappy More than 1 year ago
This book was my son's favorite bedtime book for four years. I started reading it to him when he was just four month old -- a friend gave it to us and we read it almost every single night until he was 3, and may times after that (my son asked for it). The rhymes are completely engaging, and my son felt he would "read" to me once he had it memorized. Great for learning to read. Great for soothing and calming before lights out. The illustrations are sweet and I don't know exactly what it is about the pictures of all the animals and their babies saying good night to each other that captivates young children, but it does. My son is seven now and still remembers every word. He won't let me pass it on to anyone else and wants to save this book. Highly recommended.
aboyandhisdog More than 1 year ago
LOVE, Love, Love this book, as does my son. I started reading to him very early on (around 5 months)and this soon became a favorite. Children can relate to the animals in the book if they have the ability to see them in the flesh (ie., the dog). The dog and puppy would delight my son and smile so big every time we turned to that page. We have a dog of similar colors, so he is able to relate the dog in the photo to our own dog. This book is a must for any children's book collection - it is so darn delightful!
MLE76 More than 1 year ago
My little one has loved this book from the very beginning. It's very engaging. The illustrations are perfect and this is a great bedtime book. It can be a little long sometimes so we skip to her favorite animals when that happens.
ILvBksMusicArt More than 1 year ago
"Time for Bed" first caught my attention because of the illustrations. I have some of Jane Dyer's other work, and she is an excellent artist. I've been collecting illustrated children's books since my daughter was a baby, and have been able to keep many of those that we loved to read together long ago, as well as add to my ever growing shelves of wonderfully illustrated selections. The story itself is very simple and sweet. You're taken to visit several baby animals being put to sleep because it's "Time for Bed". The words used are soothing and calming and I purchased it for a baby shower gift because it's never too early to start reading to your child.
Ranch_Girl More than 1 year ago
I read many other reviews and decided to buy this book. I have two boys: a two year old and a one year old. They both really like for me to read the "night night" book to them. The rhymes and illustrations are really cute! The book itself is very well made and has been able to withstand the youngest carrying it around and looking at it. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with this purchase. This is a great book for girls or boys.
apostles03 More than 1 year ago
Ours sons had this book when they were little, and I give it as a gift to all of the new parents I know. Sweet story, beautiful illustrations about a parent's love for his or her child.
Mom23MD More than 1 year ago
Your children will get sleepy just listening to the soft rhymes as you say goodnight to each animal baby. The illustrations are beautiful, and it is easy to read over and over (and over!) again.
terrificspot More than 1 year ago
This and "Kiss Goodnight" were gifts to my 17-month grandson who usually enjoys tearing paper off gifts more than anything. However, when he saw the books, he tossed the paper aside and began turning pages. His smiles were all the thanks I needed.
Jessa-Cloud More than 1 year ago
This is a perfect bedtime story; my 3 1/2 year old daughter still wants to hear it every single night (she's had it since birth) and neither of us ever tires of it! Now she "reads" it to me. We love the illustrations and the little rhymes that are on each page. We've bought a copy for at each grandma's house and bought copies for as many friends and new baby relatives as we can!! Recommend this to ANYONE; top notch!! Sure to be a hit with any child and a great companion read to Goodnight Moon (they're different, but of course both are bedtime tales).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kid has around 100 books in His room but this is the only one He likes. I've been reading this book for the last 9 months every night. Recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I have bought it 3 times and keep loosing it. I would like to order it again. I sent it with my grandson to school when he was in kindergarden. the kids loved it. I got the book back only to lose it. I want to order it again. How do I go about doing this? i give it 5 stars
wanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The best bedtime story ever.
mollysbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
very sweet - works v. well as a goodnight book - would give as gift for new baby.
jcofsky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is as if a mother is putting her child to bed and saying goodnight to different baby animals. Each page presents a little animal as well as a rhyme with telling them to go to sleep. The book ends with the child being put to bed after the story has been read to her.
mmontet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book shows a variety of baby animals and explains that when it is dark and the stars are out, it is time for bed.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A simple bed time story, this is one book where the cover and title actually do tell you everything you need to know. The rhyming text is all about getting ready for bed, and each two page spread features a different animal mom and baby, cuddling together as they finish their last action before going to sleep. The illustrations are peaceful, with full dark colors that evoke the night, and the lyrical words are soothing. The book is made to celebrate night time rituals bathed in love and to lull the reader in to a sleepy frame of mind. A classic bed time story, I like it but don't love it, and read it occasionally to my own girls at night.
nkertz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this is a short rhyming book about different parent animals tell their young to go to sleep. it is fun becuase it ryhmes. i would not use this for a lesson plan, but i would surely read it to children of all ages at bedtime. i think tht this book is best suited for early chilhood to help learn animals and their babies or i would only use it as a bedtime story.