November 6, 2003
The poem “A Bedtime Story” by Mitsuye Yamada describes the selfish and materialistic attitude that many of today’s children have. In the poem a grandfather is reading a bedtime story to his grandchild. He is telling the child about an old women traveling through a town looking for a place to sleep. When the town’s people deny her a place to stay she keeps walking. When she climbs up a hill she sees a beautiful full moon. This story is intended to teach the child that you can always find something good in ay situation, but the child is disappointed.