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10 Minutes till Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann

10 Minutes till Bedtime (1998)

by Peggy Rathmann

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A boy's hamster leads an increasingly large group of hamsters on a tour of the boy's house, while his father counts down the minutes to bedtime.

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This book will make countdown till bedtime super fun! Parents can stretch the book the full 10 minutes simply just trying to find and count all of the hamsters! ( )
  ElizabethHogeland | Aug 1, 2018 |
10 Minutes Till Bedtime is a counting book about a boy getting ready for bedtime and having his bedtime counted down to as he gets ready. The language is extremely simple and repetitive, with the boy working down from 10 minutes to actual bedtime. The images are drawn very colorfully and are very rich, adding extra content to a book with paired down vocabulary. There are all kinds of hamster friends who visit the boy as he gets ready for bed, and they fill the pages with their antics. They provide great background action and story context to what otherwise might be a dull premise. When I read this aloud with my kids, they loved repeating me and yelling out how many more minutes until bedtime there was left. This was silly to them, but also good counting practice. ( )
  LeslieMuir | Mar 18, 2017 |
1998 December 26

This was a Christmas present from me to Mike the year we were waiting for the Possum. The Spouse had been fond of saying that the hamsters came and threw a party and wrecked the place while he was sleeping, so I gave him a book in which the hamsters came and got into trouble.


2001 Jan 13

One of the most beloved picture books we have. I don't know how it came up the other night, but I told the girls why I'd given their father a copy of it. So then Tash wanted to read it again but she couldn't find our copy (I suspect it is packed away with other toddler delights). Last night we went to the library and she asked me to get it for her. She read it while the Spouse and I were fixing supper. After supper she wanted to read it together, with me providing the father's voice, and she, the hamsters. And then Veronica came in, and she hadn't read it in forever, so we all went through it again. We had to look in amazement at the pictures of the book within the book, we had to find the ten little hamsters in every picture (the girls didn't remember that they are each doing a distinctive thing in each spread [like 9 is always up high, and 8 is always hiding his/her head under something]), and we had to laugh in delight at the stuffed gorilla, and the stuffed [b:Officer Buckle & Gloria|857445|Officer Buckle & Gloria|Peggy Rathmann|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348468943s/857445.jpg|325563], and at the shadows of [b:Good Night, Gorilla|773276|Good Night, Gorilla|Peggy Rathmann|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347227009s/773276.jpg|2992071] in the background.

A good picture book delights a child on repeated reading. A brilliant picture book delights adults and children on repeated viewing. This is one of the ten best picture books of all time.

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  Kaethe | Oct 17, 2016 |
When your imagination runs wild, 10 minutes can feel like both 1 minute and an hour. ?ŠLots can happen... if you hurry. ?√ɬ°Reminds me of the mess and then quick clean-up of The Cat in the Hat, but a totally original and delightful story of its own. ?√ɬ°Hamsters! ?√ɬ°And a child who wears green, and could be a boy or a girl! ?√ɬ°And cute references to Rathmann's other wonderful stories. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
I had mixed feelings about this book. I did not like that most of the pages did not have much writing or much of a story line. The language was repetitive saying "... minutes till bedtime!". the repetition of the language helps beginning readers identify and read the words. I liked the illustrations throughout the story. The illustrations told the story, with so much to look at on each page. Readers can practically assign their own story to this one through the illustrations with all the hamsters. The book also allows readers to count backwards from 10. This math skill is used in the counting down minutes and it is good for readers to identify the numbers. The plot flows as the numbers are counting down to bedtime. The big idea of the story is to be ready for bedtime! The boy has to send all the hamsters home when it is bedtime because he is so tired. ( )
  rbiegel | Feb 15, 2016 |
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Despite the title, this book is not going to put anyone to sleep! The boy is given the warning "Ten minutes till bedtime!" just as a tour of hamsters comes traipsing through the boy's bedroom. Hijinks ensue, much silliness happens, and the reader wonders if the boy will ever be able to make his deadline. At the last minute, the hamsters are off and the boy gets to bed.
Young readers will enjoy the boy's confusion, the father's obliviousness, and the gorilla from "Good Night, Gorilla" popping up in the book.
This is a good book to have young children practice 'reading' the illustrations and predict what might happen next. It's also a good book for talking about the illustrations - is this real or silly? Where did all those hamsters come from? Where do they go after the tour? Why doesn't the father see them?
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