Picks and Pans Review: New for Children

UPDATED 08/22/1988 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/22/1988 at 01:00 AM EDT

>BEDTIME HUGS FOR LITTLE ONES Debby Boone (yes, that Debby Boone) offers brief, mostly sweet and sensible chitchat on such subjects as taking toys to bed, fear of the dark and night sounds: "In the summer...a cricket chirp. In the winter...the hum of a heater. In the spring and fall...the low whisper of wind." There's a section on prayers and a general Christian overtone to the writing. The colorful, attractively simple art is by Gabriel Ferrer, Boone's husband. (Harvest House, $8.95)

HOW WE CAME TO THE FIFTH WORLD/CÓMO VINIMOS AL QUINTO MUNDO Part of a series of books with text in both Spanish and English, this is an adaptation of a vivid Mexican creation legend in which, among other things, jaguars eat all the greedy people in the world. Harriet Rohmer and Mary Anchondo wrote the text; the startlingly bright Matisse-like folk-art illustrations are by Venezuelan Graciela Carrillo. (Children's Book Press, $10.95)

WILD ANIMAL STORIES Originally published in 1867 by Victorian illustrator Ernest Nister, this collection of brief tales about such creatures as bears and lions features engaging, ingeniously designed, panoramic pop-up art. The tales are heart-warmers, with, for instance, two elephant pals finding each other in America after years of separation. (Philomel, $14.95)

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