Thursday, February 23, 2012

A couple of bedtime stories

I read two new bedtime stories today.

My favorite was Goodnight, Dragons by Judith L. Roth. As one might guess, it's the story of how a little boy helped some dragons get ready for bed. For those who wonder what the procedure might be, he wrapped them in blankets, settled them in clover, gave them hot chocolate, and they fell sleep.

"Maybe all a dragon needs is a cuddle. Maybe all a dragon needs is one sweet dream."

This book is most appropriate for children in preschool and kindergarten. I think it will also work well with toddlers, and plan to use it in Toddler Time.

The other book was Sweet Dreams by Rose A. Lewis. The striking illustrations are my favorite element of this book. The story's poetic text is also nice, but the art is what attracts me to the book - especially the pictures of monarch butterflies and other woodland creatures.

I think Sweet Dreams is best for one-on-one sharing, so that the child can see all of the illustrations' details. My estimate is that it's most appropriate for ages 4 and up.

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