The Drowsy Hours: Poems for Bedtime

by Susan Pearson, Illustrations by Peter Malone

HarperCollins, June, 2002.
Picture Book, 40 pages.
ISBN: 0688166032
Ages 3 and up

The Drowsy Hours: Poems for Bedtime by Susan Pearson In our busy stress-filled world, adults often have little time and patience for poetry. But children, as yet untouched by the impossibility of doing it all, are still open to the rhythm and emotion of poetry. Bedtime, which can become an emotional tug of war, is one of the best times to share poetry with a child. The Drowsy Hours is a collection of poems from our most admired poets: Carl Sandburg, Walter De La Mare, Robert Louis Stevenson, Eugene Field and Vachel Lindsay. Combined with the drowsy, flowing rhythms of the poems are the fantasy-filled illustrations of Peter Malone. His illustrations are so filled with drama and magic that a child will carry their images along with the verbal images of the poetry into peaceful slumber and happy dreams. The Drowsy Hours is definitely a book that will leave a child open to his own happy dreams and fantasies.

-Sarah Reaves White

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This review was published in the December-January, 2003 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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