Saturday, August 26, 2017
First sentence: 1 One Goodnight, one fork. Goodnight, one spoon. Goodnight, one bowl. I'll see you soon. 2 Two Goodnight, two hands. Goodnight, two feet. Goodnight, two ears, so small and sweet.
Premise/plot: This is a bedtime-themed, counting-concept, celebrity-authored picture book. As the day comes to an end, and bedtime approaches, it's time to say goodnight to essentially anything and everything. Note: This isn't one family getting ready for bed, but MANY families getting ready for bed. Readers sees mothers, fathers, daughters, sons. (Various skin colors too.)
My thoughts: I think a lot of thought went into this "simple" book. Take a look at the endpapers, for example. The endpapers show little ones (and parents) ten different ways to express each number 1-10. The illustrator includes lots of images for counting on each spread--going beyond items listed in the text itself. One thing found on every spread is a ten-frame not-so-loosely-disguised as a picture frame. The author includes a note on how to get more from the text as well.
It's a cozy representation of numbers in many ways. All around us, every minute of the day, numbers just ARE. Each spread--each scene--is ordinary in every way.
Text: 3 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Total: 6 out of 10
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