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Good Night, Baby Animals You've Had a Busy Day: A Treasury of Six Original Stories Hardcover – January 24, 2017
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"Six fun-filled stories featuring six adorable wild baby animals fill the pages of this amiable book. Ideal for bedtime, Winnick’s latest introduces young readers to the playful world of baby tigers, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, pandas, and gorillas. " ―Booklist
"Can Baby Panda get himself unstuck from the bamboo thicket? What will Baby Gorilla discover during her family’s trek up the mountain? There’s just enough dramatic tension to keep the pages turning without riling up any soon-to-be sleepers." ―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Karen B. Winnick is a children’s author and artist, animal enthusiast, and president of the Los Angeles Zoo Commission. Her previous books include Gemina, the Crooked-Neck Giraffe and Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
Laura Watkins is also an animal lover. She has illustrated a number of picture books, including Can You Yawn Like a Fawn? by Monica Sweeney with Lauren Yelvington, and lives in England.
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Featuring animals that all kids seem to be familiar with (even if they've never seen them in real life!), these sweet stories are beautifully illustrated with soft, warm depictions of animal parents and children.
I loved that the stories are gentle and positive without being cloying; there's a rhythm to the text but it doesn't have an irritating rhyme that will echo in your head hours later.
Each story has a different plot -- tigers exploring, an elephant learning to use its trunk, a newborn giraffe trying to eat, an imaginative rhino, a wandering panda, and a playful gorilla -- which makes this a great book for the bedtime read rotation. There are elements in every story that appealed to my two-year-old, like the giraffe nursing, and I appreciated Winnick's and Watkins' understanding of what children find interesting!
Five of the six stories feature only mother and child, while the last story, 'Time to Play, Baby Gorilla', features a mother and father as well as extended "relatives". The concluding pages of the book feature animal facts, which should appeal to older readers (or anyone with trivia-obsessed toddlers, like me!).
You can view sample pages at the publisher's website (and do -- the art is so gorgeous!). At 64-pages, this is a great volume to buy for yourself or gift to parents, and I'm so appreciative we've got this one in our rotation.
This book is one that I will add to the nighttime routine. With it's gentle repetition at the end of each story, there is a calming and soothing element to the book that is perfect for bedtime.
The illustrations in this book are fabulous! This was the first book we had read that Laura Watkins has illustrated. Her images are gentle and sweet, conveying fun, happiness, and contentment in the animals on every page.
If you have a toddler that is a bit rambunctious during the day, they will relate to this book. All of these animals have an adventurous day, then snuggle in for the night with their mama for sleep.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.