Verb Play: Bedtime Bunnies by Wendy Watson



With the familiar sandbox and slide game, our children have an another playground to explore and master as they grow up - the language English.

Veteran author of Wendy Watson most recently, Bedtime Bunnies (Clarion, 2010) is a simple-seeming little bedtime story, with cute, rounded bunnies grouped offshore in bed with the usual familiar routines - snacks, brushing, pyjamas-ing, the tale out lights and snuggle time, while comforting and predictable pro forma steps in the traditional tale at sunset. Watson, however, measure and weighs his language with moderation and expert, with each activity described by just four words--the onomatopoetic verbs, with a lot of alliteration and rhymes dot to give them a blow.

Rabbits do not eat only their bedtime carrots - they yum, they Digest, they suck, they crunch. They do just brushing the teeth - they sprayed, they scrub, they splutter, they spit. Watson rounded little bunnies exuberant bounce through this nocturnal ritual, four of them consistent, just a bit of a Maverick, until all are finally returned to his bed for the final goodnight hug and kiss.

It is a story of sweet which will have most of the children to nighty-night themselves, but not without a lesson in language bit along the way. Bedtime Bunnies provides opportunities for almost irresistible for parents to encourage improvisation of wordsmith sunset a little of their own and a bit of fun day which sends smaller to dreamland with a smile.


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