Title: Really Woolly Nighttime Lullabies
Author: Bonnie Rickner Jensen
Illustrator: Donna Chapman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
“Really Woolly Nighttime Lullabies will calm fears and comfort tiny hearts as the day gives way to night and children go from playtime to dreamland,” Bonnie Rickner Jensen writes in the introduction of her children’s book.
In the Really Woolly series, this five-by-seven inch padded-cover boardbook of forty unnumbered pages targets children two to five years old. Having no scary scenes, it is a Christian book promoting calmness and quietness as a child goes to sleep.
Part of the DaySpring brand concentrating on God being the Shepherd that takes care of His sheep, eighteen themes discuss sleep and how God protects, comforts, and encourages.
On the left side of the page is a title followed by a written-out Bible verse taken from the International Children’s Bible. A two to four paragraph rhyme is given, highlighting specific words to notice. The opposite side has a full-page, full-color illustration of an adorable sheep, usually with his friends. Below the artwork is a one-sentence prayer.
Focusing on God, the poems concentrate on how He is faithful and loving, teaching young ones to be blessed, safe, thankful, happy, and to love and pray.
One example is the titled “Slumber” that quotes Psalm 4:8:
“Wiggly finger, little toes,
Yawning mouth, and tiny nose,
Belly button, small and round …
You’re tucked in bed so safe and sound.
Tired legs and sleepy arms,
Angels keeping you from harm,
Kiss goodnight; turn out the light …
Slumber, child, in God’s sight.”
The prayer states: “Dear God, bless me as I fall asleep, and keep me safe in the arms of Your love.”
All rhymes are simplistic yet creative, offering imagination to the reader or listener. With the majority of verses taken from Psalm, also mentioned are Proverbs, Matthew, Romans, and I Timothy.
The little sheep is portrayed as adorable and charming, playing by a pond, camping with his friends, staring at the moon, and snuggling under a blanket. He and his friends, the bunny and the bird, enjoy blowing bubbles, watching an owl, looking for honey, hiking, watching the sunset, and picnicking.
Little ones will love turning the pages as adults read the sing-songy words. Drifting off to sleep, children will know God is beside them, watching and keeping them safe. This is a perfect book to give to a child afraid to go to bed while learning to trust God.
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