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10 Minutes till Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann

10 Minutes till Bedtime (1998)

by Peggy Rathmann

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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 |
This book is about a little boy who has 10 minutes left before he needs to be ready and his bed to go to sleep. In this time, he has to round up his ten hamsters and get them ready as well. He counts down each minute until bed time but at 4 minutes, trucks full of more hamsters come and are still up and playing all over his bedroom. He cuts the time very close but manages to bathe and be in his bed after the 10 minutes for his dad to come and tuck him in.
  laurenmaune | Oct 6, 2015 |
The little boy's father says it's bedtime, and right then his pet hamster gets a visit from a family of 12 hamsters. They go through the bedtime routine, being led by his pet hamster. Great for K and primary kids for learning counting down and sleep routines are important. ( )
  dorthys | Mar 15, 2015 |
Peggy Rathmann does an outstanding job here with a somewhat mundane subject matter. I enjoyed her method for teaching kids to tell time.
  barbarashuler | Mar 15, 2015 |
This story had very little text , but is still one of my favorite books. I felt the illustrations were wonderfully detailed. Every page has so much to look at and even reading the book 10 years later I still notice details I hadn't previously spotted. On every page there is a hamster copying the little boy, the main character, of the story. There is also a baby hamster who is the only one to ever speak, a pair of hamsters who carry around underwear and one with a camera who takes pictures of everything. The text on each page is a simple speech bubble coming from the father saying how many minutes are left until bed time. Young children and new readers will like the big font, small amounts of text and even bigger illustrations to get them hooked on the book. Older readers can also be tested on how observant they are and how well they remember details from page to page. Although there is not ,much text, there are a lot opportunities to make this story to a great lesson and a wonderful read. ( )
  amarcu4 | Oct 2, 2014 |
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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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"Ten minutes till bedtime!" Father announces from behind his newspaper. Out a picture window, his son and his son's pet hamster can see a hamster family (with kids numbered 1 to 10) approaching the house. "All aboard!" shouts the boy's prized pet, as his puzzled owner opens the door and the hamster tourists are loaded onto the special trolley. What the humans at 1 Hoppin Place don't know is that their cherished family pet has advertised on the Web (www.hamstertours.com) for a "10-Minute Bedtime Tour," and the hordes have only just begun to descend.

"Nine minutes till bedtime," Father insists, oblivious to the burgeoning hamster parade. At the 8-minute marker, the hamsters and the boy are in the kitchen for a pre-bedtime snack. One little guy is standing on top of a fruit bowl, lowering a cherry cluster with a string and paper clip. Hamster number 10 is trying to feed an animal cracker to the boy's fuzzy bedroom slipper. "Seven minutes till bedtime!" reminds Father as creative tooth-brushing progresses. But what's this? It's the 5-minute countdown marker, and the faint light of hamster headlights appears out the window. More tourists are on their way! Buses, trucks, taxis, and golf carts full of rodents are driving up the sidewalk! Hilarious hamster hijinks ensue. If you're not seeing the appeal here, it's like this: each spread is turbocharged with dozens of winsome, adorable details that will keep youngsters giggling and entranced--and counting to 10--time after time. Peggy Rathmann, author of the Caldecott Medal-winning Officer Buckle and Gloria, offers readers a rollicking rodent romp that ends with a goodnight kiss and many, many closed eyelids. (Click to see a sample spread. Copyright © 1998 Peggy Rathmann, published by Putnam Books, a division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers.) (Ages 2 to 8) --Karin Snelson

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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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