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Cabrera's bright palette and playful energy capture the whimsy of this favorite childhood nursery rhyme as stuffed animals act out the good-night countdown. "There were 10 in the bed and the Little One said, 'Move over, move over.' So they all rolled over and the Snorer [a duck] fell out." For each number, an animal falls out until only one is left. Then they all dance about until Little One shouts, "Settle down now!" and everyone goes to sleep. Cabrera adds a clever twist here. Each animal is dressed for a different occupation: cat is a cook, so the animals eat sweets; bear is a pilot who flies the bed over the fields. The illustrations, filled with animal charm, bounce delightfully along with the text. Like Cabrera's If You're Happy and You Know It (2004), this is a ready-made romp for story hours, bedtimes, and just plain fun. Read it one-on-one or with a small group for some rowdy response. Julie CumminsCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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