Mirra Ginsburg’s The Sun’s Asleep Behind the Hill is a favorite from my childhood – probably my very favorite bedtime story! I am sorry to say that it is out of print, but I have found used copies on Amazon.
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Written by Mirra Ginsburg and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky, The Sun’s Asleep Behind the Hill is based on an Armenian folk song. It is a soothing story of how everything has been busy all day, but it is time to rest. The wind has to rest; the leaves have to rest; the bird has to rest; the squirrel has to rest; and, of course, the little boy that has played all day must also rest. The moon is the only thing that stays awake, shining all through the night.
I love the illustrations in this book. They are dark, reflecting the sun going to sleep behind the hill, and it makes everything very quiet and calm.
“The bird sang in the bush all day. the bird grew tired and said: ‘The leaves shook in the breeze all day. The leaves grew tires, they do not shake, they are asleep over the lake. Now I must also rest.'”
An observant reader will notice that at the beginning of the book, the little boy is flying his kite. When the wind rests, the kite is on the ground. Then, the little boy floats a paper boat in the water until his mother tells him it is time to rest. She carries him home, and when he is tucked in bed, moon shining through the window, you can see his kite hanging on the wall. I have always loved little details like that!
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