March 24, 2014

Goodnight, Angels by Melody Carson, illustrated by Sophie Allsopp

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 1:56 am by suebe2

Goodnight Angels coverGoodnight, Angels
by Melody Carson
illustrated by Sophie Allsopp
Zonderkidz

As the sun sets, a small boy heads home after an evening of play at the park.  He knows that it’s time to get ready for bed and, as he does, he says good night to the many things that surround him.

“Goodnight to the bird and the butterfly.
“Goodnight to my friends. I have to say goodbye.

“Goodnight to my wagon, didn’t we have fun?
“Goodnight to the big clouds and the sinking sun.”

A rhyming text of any length can be hard to pull off — near rhyme and forced word order make for a book that is tricky to read aloud.  What a relief that this isn’t the case with Carlson’s sweet bed time book.

While she didn’t choose a sleepy pallette of cool colors, Sophie Allsopp’s colorful illustrations add dimension and beauty to this simple book.

If you are looking for a simple bed time story for your toddler or preschooler, this is an excellent choice.  It is a sweet, quiet story that you could share after other bed time rituals or even after reading a longer book.  That said, any young book lover striving to put off bed time will want to point out the things in the book and tell you what she or he would bid good night.

Putting together a gift for new parents or soon-to-be parents?  This book would make a sweet addition to your gift bag.

–SueBE

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