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As many of my readers know, I am a bookseller in the Children’s department of my local bookstore. I have been in this position for almost 3 years now, and reading and recommending children’s books is my passion and lifeblood. As is my love for doing storytime with my kids.
So when I was contacted by Karen Winnick’s publicist to do a book review for Good Night, Baby Animals, You’ve Had A Busy Day I was excited to try it. I often have trouble finding stories that will keep my fairly young readers interested. One of the things that always seems to keep them interested is animal stories.
I have to say that my first impression of this book was a very sweet one. The cover immediately makes me think of a great read for bedtime. I also love that it sends a message to children that it really is time to snuggle up and go to sleep. After all, everyone, including the animals, needs their sleep.
Good Night, Baby Animals, You’ve Had A Busy Day:
One of the things I notice with my storytime kids is their love for all things animals. I absolutely loved the story, but the true test is the young one’s reaction to it. Keep reading to find out!
I always love a children’s book that gets the children involved in a story. One of my philosophies is that kids need to be part of a story in order to really understand and enjoy it. Younger kids have a tough time sitting still, so I try my hardest to incorporate that into my storytime.
One of the first things I love to do is to have my kids practice their animal sounds. For instance, they loved making snake sounds during this part of the book:
And then they “showed” me how the tiger climbs the tree, just like in the book. The short passages in the story really kept their attention, and sparked questions like:
- Why is the big tiger afraid of the little snake?
- How do baby tigers learn to climb so well?
- What happens if the baby tigers get bit?
So not only are their minds engaged, but also their bodies. Climbing a tree can be so hard for a baby tiger.
The kids also had fun making sounds like the elephants, too.
And, of course, we had fun pretending to snuggle up and go to sleep at the end of the story. It is so much fun to act just like the baby animals!
So, I have to say that this book was a total winner! I loved it, the kids loved it, a perfect family story for the animal lover.
Who will you be buying Good Night, Baby Animals, You’ve Had A Busy Day for?