Too Early by Nora Ericson, illustrated by Elly MacKay

Published by Harry N. Abrams

Summary:  “I wake up very early,” says the child narrator on the first page.  Mom gives a kiss and a warning not to wake up the baby.  Dad sleepily puts on his glasses and heads downstairs for coffee, grumbling, “You wake up too early.”  As dawn arrives, the two sit on the porch, looking at the moon and finding Venus.  Birds start to sing, the baby starts to cry, and the light starts to change.  As the sky turns from dark blue to bright yellow, the narrator says, “I wake up just in time.”  32 pages; ages 3-6.

Pros:  A lovely early morning book, kind of the antithesis of a bedtime story.  Kids and parents will find a lot to relate to, and the illustrations do a magnificent job of using color to show the changing time of day.

Cons: Flashbacks to early sleep-deprived days of child-rearing.

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