A Child's Good Night Book by Margaret Wise Brown

By Margaret Wise Brown

Evening is coming and small issues with out phrases are going to sleep . . . sleepy bunnies, sleepy birds, and sleepy youngsters, too, are becoming below their covers. "Jean Charlot's illustrations are first-rate." —NYT. Barbara Bader known as this 1943 ebook, now restored to its unique measurement and structure, "the first of the genuine bedtime books."

1944 Caldecott Honor Book

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This he said, not meaning all he said, for the lady whom he addressed was a matterof-fact little person, with very little romance in her nature. 38 After fifteen years' residence upon his great Virginian estate, affairs prospered so well with the worthy proprietor, that he acquiesced in his daughter's plans for the building of a mansion much grander and more durable than the plain wooden edifice in which he had been content to live, so that his heirs might have a habitation worthy of their noble name.

They became tenderly attached to each other. It was "my Fanny" and "my Rachel" in the letters of the young ladies. Then, my Fanny's husband died in sad out-at-elbowed circumstances, leaving no provision for his widow and her infant; and, in one of his annual voyages, Captain Franks brought over Mrs. Mountain, in the Young Rachel, to Virginia. 56 There was plenty of room in Castlewood House, and Mrs. Mountain served to enliven the place. She played cards with the mistress: she had some knowledge of music, and could help the eldest boy in that way: she laughed and was pleased with the guests: she saw to the strangers' chambers, and presided over the presses and the linen.

George kept his head down, and Harry, who was near, got quite close to him during the sermon, and sat with his arm round his brother's neck. Harry had proceeded in his narrative after his own fashion, interspersing it with many youthful ejaculations, and answering a number of incidental questions asked by his listener. The old lady seemed never tired of hearing him. Her amiable hostess and her daughters came more than once, to ask if she would ride, or walk, or take a dish of tea, or play a game at cards; but all these amusements Madam Bernstein declined, saying that she found infinite amusement in Harry's conversation.

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