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The Bedtime Rhyme by Walter Wangerin Jr.
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The Bedtime Rhyme

by Walter Wangerin Jr.

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The Bedtime Rhyme by Walter Wangerin, Jr. Age: pre-K. Library section 11 A: Pre-K, religion and character-building. This sweet and snuggly bedtime picture book by one of the ELCA’s most popular authors expresses the love parents and God have for their children. The rhymes tell how much the parent loves the toddler and to what lengths the parent would go to keep the baby safe, such as chasing away robbers or sucking up monsters with a vacuum cleaner. Wangerin’s selection of rhyming words is wacky and funny. Repeated readings will have the child just waiting for those special, funny rhymes.
Then the poem shifts to another presence in the bedroom in addition to parent and child: GOD. The last verse states that God loves the child even more than the parent does, and the illustration shows the child snuggled up in bed asleep, the bed held by large gentle, yet strong hands. The book ends with a hug and kiss good night.
This is just a lovely bedtime poem set off with colorful illustrations, some of them quite funny – the perfect book for ensuring a peaceful and secure good night. Nighty-night! ( )
  Epiphany-OviedoELCA | Aug 30, 2011 |
NCLA Review -Using only rhymes, a mother reassures her young child that she will protect him from robbers, falling things, animals, and monsters, and in each case goes on to tell, playfully, how she would do away with the things that frighten her little boy, especially at bedtime. She then says she would write big signs on their home saying, "Hands off my Baby Brown." She tells her son he can always call upon her for help, and then goes on to explain that he can also ask God for protection, and God loves her child even more than, and is even stronger than, the mother. The pictures are delightful, and at the end is a glorious illustration of the hand of God holding the bed with the child sleeping peacefully. Rating: 4 —MW Paraclete 2008, 30p, 9781557256472, $16.95 [EASY] ( )
  ncla | Jul 11, 2009 |
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In a series of whimsical dream images, Wangerin captures young children's nighttime fears and dispels each through a parent's heroic deed. Finally comes the ultimate assurance of peaceful slumber: the picture of a watchful God, who . . . ""Loves you, my baby true, from the brown of the ground to the blue of the sky. From the golden dawn to the grey of goodbye. From ear to ear a million years. And butterflies both your eyes. God loves you." This book is a passport to sweet dreams, a perfect way to end the day--together.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:19 -0400)

A parent eases a child's nighttime concerns by promising a series of loving and heroic deeds and speaking of a kind, wise, loving God.

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