by Gennifer Choldenko
Illustrations by Jack E. Davis
G.P. Putnam's Sons
Hilarious, warm, and comforting with a bit of silliness and sass, Putting the Monkeys To Bed is a sweet story of how one boy is finally able to calm himself and his "monkeys" down for the night.
Sam is unhappy about having to go to sleep. He still has a million questions and wants his mom to come in and answer them. He would like another story, but Mom is adamant. She tells Sam to go to sleep and that she will answer his questions in the morning. She tells Sam to practice his breathing--deep, calming breaths. Sam's monkeys have other ideas and soon make the breathing part of a happy monkey song. When Sam decides to "read" his favorite book---one that he knows by heart--the monkeys cuddle up closer and soon all are fast asleep. Never doubt the power of a book! If a book can calm Sam and his monkeys, it is powerful indeed!
This is a cute read for all those little ones who positively hate bedtime and will use any excuse to stay awake. When the deep, calming breaths don't help, a story will.
Highly recommended pre-school.
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