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The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town    by Judy Sierra & Melissa Sweet order for
Sleepy Little Alphabet
by Judy Sierra
Order:  USA  Can
Knopf, 2009 (2009)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

What a combination! Forget counting sheep - teach little ones the alphabet while cuddling them to sleep at night with The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town, written in rhyme by Judy Sierra, and charmingly and amusingly illustrated by Melissa Sweet.

'It's sleepytime in Alphabet Town. / As moms and dads run round and round, / the little letters skitter-scatter, / helter-skelter - what's the matter?'

Well, as any parent or caregiver reading this has already figured out, those little (lower case) letters aren't ready to give up on the day's activities yet - and we soon find out how they're dawdling, one by one, while their (upper case) parents look on.

I rather like 'h tries standing on her head. / i and j jump on the bed' but every letter of the alphabet is a winner in the staying-up stakes, though they get wearier and wearier till we get all the way to 'Who's that snoring Z z z's?' of course.

I love this book, its little letters getting more and more tired as the alphabet progresses. It belongs on nursery bookshelves right beside Goodnight Moon.

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