Sweet dreams = dulces suenos
Sweet dreams = dulces suenos

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Annotation: In this illustrated story told in both English and Spanish, a grandmother puts her grandchildren to bed by telling them all the animals outside are sleeping.
Catalog Number: #26975
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: 2008
Illustrator: Suarez, Maribel,
Pages: 24
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-085041-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-19484-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-085041-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-19484-7
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2008007147
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
ALA Booklist
The text alternates between English and Spanish, but just like dreams, it's sweet in both languages. Two sisters and a little brother are pleased when Grandma comes over and tucks them in. She tells that children the squirrels are sleeping and that the bunnies are sleeping. The dog and cat are sleeping as well. Then, Grandma look out the window and sees the moon is smiling. "Shh, shh, your eyes are closing." The "shh shhs" continue softly until all the children are sound asleep. The childlike watercolor art with its rounded figures will have special appeal for the youngest listeners. Don't forget this one for bilingual story hours.
Kirkus Reviews
<p>While all the animals and birds are sleeping and the stars are shining and the moon is smiling, Abuelita tucks her little grandson and two granddaughters in with kisses and wishes for sweet dreams. Bright, colorful watercolors show happy children getting ready for bed, detailing the repetitive and rhythmically lulling bilingual story told by the eldest granddaughter. "When Grandma comes to tuck us in, she says, / Cuando Abuelita viene a darnos las buenas noches dice: / 'Shh, shh, the squirrels are sleeping.' / a"Shh, shhalas ardillas estAn durmiendo. / And Grandma kisses Danny. / Y Abuelita le da un besito a Danny." Abuelita's loving attention and gentle words bring tranquility and assurance to all as eyes close for a night of peaceful rest. This second in the new My Family/Mi Familia series brings a soothing tone to a nightly ritual universal in any language or culture. (Picture book. 1-3)</p>
School Library Journal
PreS-K As Abuelita tucks her three bouncy grandchildren into bed, she calms them by reminding them of the many small animals that also sleep when darkness falls: "Shh, shh, the squirrels are sleeping." Spreads containing unremarkable watercolor illustrations and a choppy text jump back and forth between the progressively drowsy youngsters and various snoozing creatures. Kids may relate to the portrayal of familiar critters and perhaps be lulled to sleep by Abuelita's steady "Shh," but overall, the book's comforting elements cannot compensate for their haphazard presentation. For better bilingual stories with a bedtime theme, try Sandra Cisneros's Hairs/Pelitos (Random, 1997), Nancy Elizabeth Wallace's Rabbit's Bedtime (Houghton, 1999), or Ginger Foglesong Guy's Siesta (HarperCollins, 2005). Madeline Walton-Hadlock, San Jose Public Library, CA
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Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2

Shh, shh, close your eyes.
Shh . . . shh . . . Cierra los ojitos.
Outside, the rabbits are sleeping,
Afuera, los conejitos están durmiendo
and the birds, and the squirrels.
junto con los pajaritos, y las ardillas.
Inside, Grandma tucks
us snugly into bed.
Adentro, Abuelita nos da
las buenas noches.
The stars and moon
are shining bright.
Las estrellas y la
luna brillan.

Sweet dreams!
¡Dulces sueños!

As warm and comforting as a grandmother's voice, this endearing book in the My Family/Mi familia series makes bedtime a soothing family tradition.

Este encantador libro de la serie My Family/Mi familia, tan cálido y reconfortante como la voz de una abuela, ayuda a convertir la hora de dormir en una armoniosa tradición familiar.

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