Time for Bed, Miyuki

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Pub Date 18 Sep 2018 | Archive Date 18 Sep 2018

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Description

Like children everywhere, Miyuki's imagination peaks at bedtime, when she remembers all the things she has to do before she can possibly go to bed: she needs to water the vegetables, gather snails, and prepare for the arrival of the Dragonfly Queen. Her patient grandfather follows along on her adventures, gently encouraging her to go to sleep. In this beautiful story about family, nature, and love, young children and their parents find a welcome companion for their own bedtime journey.

Like children everywhere, Miyuki's imagination peaks at bedtime, when she remembers all the things she has to do before she can possibly go to bed: she needs to water the vegetables, gather snails...


Advance Praise

In this French import, eye-catching, detailed artwork illuminates a sweet story about a girl, her grandfather, and an elusive bedtime. Miyuki, like most young children, is too busy to bother with bedtime. She has "so much to do." her patient grandfather tells her again and again, "Miyuki, it's time for bed." Instead, Miyuki wants to make a canopy for the Dragonfly Queen, water her carrots and turnips, "gather the whole Snail family together," and "dance the last dance of the day." Natural elements such as the sun, flowers, a nightingale, and more appear in watercolor-and-colored-pencil illustrations full of fine, luminous details that immerse readers in their world. Nearly every spread features an icon of Japanese culture, including the often familiar (a doll in a traditional kimono, an origami crane, a bento box) as well as those that are perhaps less so: a maneki-neko figurine, a koinobori (or carp kite), and a pair of flip-flop-like zori. Fittingly, these icons are not explained even though this is not an own-voices book; rather the icons fit together like a puzzle to form a cultural backdrop for Miyuki's universal, accessible problem—how to avoid bedtime at all costs. Clever readers will appreciate the story within a story and imagine what they might do in Miyuki's shoes. A gentle story about bedtime that sweetly captures the importance of nature, family, and childhood in Japanese culture. -- Kirkus Reviews   

In this French import, eye-catching, detailed artwork illuminates a sweet story about a girl, her grandfather, and an elusive bedtime. Miyuki, like most young children, is too busy to bother with...


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