Cricket Song written and illustrated by Anne Hunter

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

 

Summary:  As night falls in one place, a child drifts off to sleep.  The song of the crickets fills the room, and drifts out into the yard, where it is joined by the croaking of frogs.  The sounds and activities of one animal lead to those of another, from one page to the next.  At the bottom of each page is a picture of two places, separated by a large body of water.  On each page, the sun gradually moves from east to west.  At the beginning, night is falling in the eastern land, and by the end, the sun sets on the western one as well.  The child in that house drifts off to sleep.  32 pages; ages 3-7.

Pros:  The beautiful illustrations of animals combine with the poetic, soothing text to form a perfect bedtime story.  The series of pictures on the bottom make an interesting complement to the main illustrations.

Cons:  Although the pictures at the bottom of the page were cool and definitely added to the book, I found them distracting until I figured out what was going on in them.

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