In this magical bedtime story, the lyrical narrative echoes a Runaway Bunny– like cadence: “Does everything in the world go to sleep?” the little girl asks. In sincere and imaginative dialogue between a not-at-all sleepy child and understanding parents, the little girl decides “in a cocoon of... read more
“She told her mother, "I'm not tired." / She told her father, "I'm just not sleepy." //They nodded their heads and said she didn't have to go to sleep. But she had to put her pajamas on. / She picked out her favorite pajamas that matched the night sky. "I'm still wide awake," she announced. //”
“Her parents said that was fine. But she should wash her face and brush her teeth. So she did. It felt good to be nice and clean. / Then, because she loved climbing into her bed, she did, stretching her toes down under the crisp sheets, lying as still as an otter floating in a stream. //"Does everything in the world go to sleep?" she asked. / "Yes," her parents told her. "Our dog is sleeping right now curled up in a ball on the couch, where he's not supposed to be." //”
“"And the cat is fast asleep, stretched out in front of the fireplace, the warmest spot in the house." / "What about bats?" she asked....”
“"I'm still not sleepy," she told them. "We know,: they agreed."You can stay awake all night long.they left her door open a crack. //The little girl's bed was warm and cozy, a cocoon of sheets, a nest of blankets. Unlike the dog on the couch, she was right where she was supposed to be.//She wriggled down under the covers until she found the warmest spot, like the cat in front of the fire. / She folded her wrms like the wings of a bat.//She circled around like the whale... //and the curled-up snail. / Then she snuggled deep as a bear, the deep-sleeping bear, //and like the strong tiger, fell fast... / asleep. //”
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