This book counts down to a big girl's bedtime with warm, soothing illustrations. With one number on each two-page spread, beginning with '10 small toes all washed and warm,' and '9 soft friends in a quiet room,' and ending with '1 big girl all ready for bed,' the gentle, rhyming text takes readers through a bedtime routine. This is a good selection for even the youngest listeners, but older listeners learning to count can count the objects, like the nine soft friends (which are the girl's stuffed animals and her pet cat). This is a great calming choice for a story right before bed.
Awards won: Caldecott Honor 1984
Date read: 6/24/2010