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I have always thought that stories should play a major part in a child's upbringing and, thankfully, my son really enjoys books but he's not yet at the stage where he'll sit still enough for a long, engrossing tale. As a result, the books that are the biggest hits are those which are either interactive or short with good illustrations. Finding short books that are engaging has proved remarkably hard and I really struggled to find a good "going to bed" book to help my son understand about going to sleep and winding down for the night. Thank goodness for "A Kiss Goodnight".
"A Kiss Goodnight" is less of a story book and more of a collection of rhymes and lullabies. Each double-spread is a self-contained ditty but the book does also work together as a whole so that, if read from front to back, you have a lovely "going to bed" routine starting with the last game before bed, through the bath routine and eventually to the land of dreams.
What really makes this book though are the charming illustrations. A variety of illustrators have been used to bring the rhymes and lullabies to life. As with many children's books and illustrations, animals have been used in place of humans and this collection of mice, bears and rabbits is a gentle delight. The pictures are simple yet contain enough to engage a child and to allow the parent to "develop" the individual rhymes as necessary depending on the whim of the child. They really do enhance the book.
I'd say that the book was suitable for both boys and girls although I imagine that it will have a longer life with girls due to its very gentle nature. The version I have was published for Marks & Spencer in a "soft-feel" hardback but it's also available as a a paperback through Amazon. It would make an ideal gift for toddlers up to about 4 years old but is probably most suited to children aged 18 months to 30 months.
Hushabye, lullaby, sing you to sleep, Drift on the music that plays soft and deep. This title presents a collection of illustrated lullabies.