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Goodnight Poppy Cat - a short bedtime story perfect for babies
Goodnight, Poppy Cat!
Member Name: karlsm93
Goodnight, Poppy Cat!
Advantages: Good illustrations, good length for babies
My sister was recently doing a clear out of some of her childrens baby books and passed them on to me to read to my baby girl. One of the books that my daughter currently loves is this one 'Goodnight PoppyCat' which my sister actually originally received as a part of the Bookstart scheme, although you do seem to be able to purchase this book online. This book is part of a range of books about PoppyCat, all of which are wrote by Lara Jones and based on her own childhood orange cat.
Goodnight PoppyCat is a particularly good book to read to little ones at night as it is based around the bedtime routine that many babies have and so it makes it easier to talk about the pictures with them as you read. Obviously at six months old, my daughter doesn't have the longest attention span, but with only a line or two per page this is ideal in length for her. Most importantly however, is that the pictures are colourful, big and bright which keeps her attention throughout and the book is a short enough so she doesn't tire before the end.
This is a hardback book, and when my daughter gets a chance she also likes to give the ends a chew! On the front of the book, there is a picture of this orange striped cat called PoppyCat snuggling up to her teddy bed under a crescent moon and twinkly stars.
The book then follows PoppyCat as she gets ready for bed. First she has bathtime which she likes, and there is a double page with a large picture of PoppyCat in the bath, with her rubber duck etc. This is then followed by a page showing Poppy Cat cuddling her teddy bear. The next double page shows PoppyCat in the big chair with her mummy reading bedtime stories before the next page where she likes to look at the twinkly stars at night. The very last page shows PoppyCat in her 'soft soft bed' with teddy. There is also an added extra where on the last page, babies can also touch the top of PoppyCat's quilt where is it soft and textured. My little girl doesn't do this herself yet, but she likes to watch me as I feel the textured quilt on the page.
As well as a story at bedtime, I also use this book for naptime when I usually read my little girl a story to wind her down before a nap. It is short enough before a nap to not distract her, but get her starting to get sleepy.
All in all, this is a fabulous book, the perfect length for babies with great illustrations. This book is something that babies will relate to as many of the activities mentioned in this book are those that are used in babies bedtime routines and they should therefore be already familiar with them. This is just the perfect length for a baby to concentrate on as well. A great book from a great series.
Summary: Lovely story for bedtime or naptime
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