Tue 11 Jan 2011
There’s no denying that Goodnight Moon is a timeless classic.
But, maybe, your child has requested it as a bedtime story for 822 consecutive nights, and the end doesn’t seem to be in sight. You need a break, and your child needs to branch out.
Give Good Night, Little Sea Otter (Star Bright Books, 2010) a try. Janet Halfmann’s picture book will be a welcome relief.
It’s delightful on several levels. The story is adorable, with a baby sea otter saying good night to all the animals nearby. Mixed in with all the good nights are lots of fun ocean facts.
Then there’s the art. I’ve always liked otters, but illustrator Wish Williams made these especially cute. And the other sea life is sweet, as well.
So go ahead and read it — even if your child isn’t addicted to Goodnight Moon.
Now, let’s hear from our guest reviewer.
Our reviewer: Danni
I like: Flowers, hearts, cheeseburgers, swimming, ballet and gymnastics.
This book was about: A baby sea otter saying good night to everything.
The best part was when: The sea otter fell asleep in his mama’s arms.
I laughed when: The whole ocean sang good night to the baby sea otter.
I was worried when: I saw the picture of the crab.
I was surprised that: The baby sea otter finally fell asleep. I thought he would never go to sleep.
The book taught me: That seagulls squawk when they talk and that sea otters wrap themselves up in seaweed when they go to sleep.
Other kids reading this book should watch for: The baby sea otter dipping his face in the water to say good night to the fish.
Three words that best describe this book are: “Good night,” “crabs,” “sea otter.”
My favorite line in the book is: “Good night little sea otter, the entire ocean sang back to him.”
You should read this book because: You can learn about the different animals and fish in the ocean.
If you’d like to learn more about Janet Halfmann and her other books, visit her website.