- File Size: 1991 KB
- Print Length: 36 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Pink Camel (August 6, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 6, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JWE0342
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,219 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 Ways To Say Good Night - Volume 1 Kindle Edition
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* Drawings that are little more than line drawings with just a hint of color and that do not show across the entire page, and
* there is very little content - just 15 pages with very little reading material whatsoever, and
* the writing that exists is not readable for the target audience so requires reading by an adult or older sibling.
Still, this isn't a bad first effort. I applaud the inspirational value of the message - getting children aware that there is much more to the world than the little area around their home, and to get them to understand even just a speck of other societies is worthy.
I do wish, however, the author would expand on the concepts that have been scratched: perhaps include photographs of the children at play in the locals depicted. Perhaps for the Egyptian Arabic page, show a couple of children (toddlers) waving or riding a camel or some such thing. Then, combined with the line art, a bridge can be crossed so children think well of children growing up in Egypt, China, Israel, the Iberian Peninsula and so forth.
I am thus rating this at three stars, but am prepared to up the rating if the author chooses to expand upon the concept.
Personally, I feel that the ages for book one should be more than 3 - 5. The reason I say that is there aren't many colors to keep the little ones looking at the pages. There are some blues, yellows, reds and greens.
Another reason is that there is a real teaching moment with the 'Esperanto' word for good night, 'Bonan Nokton'.. One doesn't see that language mentioned much although it is an international language which was devised in 1887. And, one that children should know exists.
There are also Egyptian, Catalan, Hebrew, Zulu, Chinese and Danish to name a few that are contained in the book.
All in all, I did like it but do think that the age should be increased to perhaps 5 to 8. Edited on 16 August to reflect that the ages have been changed from 3 - 5 to 3 - 8 and I appreciate that change so thank you.
Highly recommended. And, I am going to order the next one in the series now.
In Volume 1 she is aided by illustrator Yuval Israeli and she opens her book with an endearing statement – ‘Every night, under the same sky and stars, probably since the emergence of humankind, people around the world have being wishing one another a good night.’ She then proceeds to take us on a journey around the word in illustrated phrases of the various ways people of different countries say ‘good night’ – in Egyptian Arabic, in Catalan Spanish, in Hebrew, in Zulu form South Africa, in Chinese, in Ukrainian, in Danish, in Tibetan, in Filipino, in Hawaiian, in Japanese, in Italian, in Indonesian, in Swahili, and in Esperanto.
With each phrase we learn the location of the language and some specific illustrations that help identify the land where the language is spoken. It is a charming book (throughout Yuval Israeli keeps us grounded by creating a little child with a big animal friend – something that children can relate to and connect. Very fine little book for education and exposure to the world outside! Grady Harp, August 16
It is interesting and even informative to read and know the fifteen different ways that "good night" is said in different lands.
But, most important, I think, is that children will see that although different cultures say good night differently, they are all saying the same thing. Each is interested in peace and safety and joy.
The book teaches children that we may all be different, but in what is important, we are all the same and every person deserves respect.
I think the book will also inspire kids to learn more.