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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Summary: In this rhyming bedtime book, animal parents say good night to their little ones. The text is specific to the animal with. For example, the mother duck talking about fluffing pillows and the anglerfish talking about turning out the light. This is a bedtime story that blends animal rituals with recognized human activities.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: 4 to 8
Interest Level: 1 to 5
Age of Child: Read with an 11-month-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter was not interested in this book at all. She usually enjoys rhyming books, so I'm not sure exactly why this one did not appeal to her--whether it was something about the illustrations or about the story itself.
Adult Reader Reaction: I did not really like this book. There are some clever parts. However, there are other books about animals saying goodnight to their babies that are stronger choices for bedtime. I thought my daughter would like it a bit more because of the animals and rhyming text, but I am not surprised that it is not one of her favorites.
Pros: Baby animals and soothing rhyme are always a nice way to tend the day. More bedtime book options are always a good thing for parents!
Cons: The theme and text are rather unoriginal and the illustrations are not of the highest quality.
Borrow or Buy: Skip. There are not enough good features to offset borrowing this book. Libraries (and bookstores) have plenty of bedtime books that have a similar theme for this audience.
Educational Themes: With personal knowledge of baby animal names, you could tell your child what the various animal babies are called.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animals, rhyme
Date(s) Reviewed: April 2015
Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews or reader feedback found at the time of this review.