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Sweet dreams = Dulces sueños

1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Rayo, ©2008.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
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.

En esta historia ilustrada contada en inglés y en español, una abuela acuesta a sus nietos por decirles que todos los animalitos también se están durmiendo.
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JP Mor
JP Mor
J SE Mora

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Shh, shh, close your eyes.

Shh . . . shh . . . Cierra los ojitos.

Outside, the rabbits are sleeping,

Afuera, los conejitos est#65533;n 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!

#65533;Dulces sue#65533;os!

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 c#65533;lido y reconfortante como la voz de una abuela, ayuda a convertir la hora de dormir en una armoniosa tradici#65533;n familiar.

Author Notes

Pat Mora is a bilingual author with a special focus on children's literature. Among her awards are Honorary Doctorates from North Carolina State University and SUNY Buffalo, Honorary Membership in the American Library Association, Life-Time Membership in USBBY, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship to write in Umbria, Italy, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Texas at El Paso. She was a recipient and judge of a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a recipient and advisor of the Kellogg National Leadership Fellowships.

Her children's books include: Water Rolls, Water Rises/El agua rueda, el agua sube. With her daughter, Libby Martinez, Pat also recently wrote I Pledge Allegiance and Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo!. A literacy advocate, Pat founded Children's Day, Book Day, El día de los niños, El día de los libros often known as Día. The year-long commitment promotes creatively linking all children and families to books, and establishing annual April Children's Day, Book Day celebrations across the country. April 2016 will be Día's 20th Anniversary. Pat's Book Fiesta captures the Día spirit.

A former teacher, university administrator, museum director, and consultant, Pat is a popular national speaker who promotes creativity, inclusivity and bookjoy.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

PreS-Gr 1-In prolific author Mora's latest, grandmother tucks in her three grandchildren, kissing them good night and reminding them that the animals, both inside and outside the house-squirrels, bunnies, birds, kitten, and dog-are sleeping already. Suarez's people have large round heads and cheerful expressions, and the children's bedroom features warm colors, stuffed animals, and child-friendly lamps and clocks. The outside world is awash in the deep blue sky and comfortable with animals sleeping on, under, or inside the nearby tree. While Sweet Dreams/Dulces sueños will never replace a classic like Goodnight, Moon, it is a charming and tenderhearted addition to the bedtime bookshelf, and it should prove popular for both bookstores and libraries. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Simple sentences, first in English, then in Spanish, portray family experiences. Abuelita tucks in her grandchildren ("Shh, shh, the squirrels are sleeping") in Dreams, giving each child a comforting kiss. Eat portrays the family enjoying a traditional meal together, which makes them feel rich indeed. Clean, unfussy illustrations match the accessible tone of the stories. [Review covers these My Family / Mi familia titles: Let's Eat! / !A Comer! and Sweet Dreams / Dulces suenos.] (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

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.' / --Shh, shh...las ardillas están 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) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

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.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2008 Booklist