Title: Ten Little Night Stars
Author: Deb Gruelle
Illustrator: Gabi Murphy
“Ten little night stars,
More fun than counting sheep.
I’ll dream of skies filled up with stars
As I close my eyes to sleep,”
Debi Gruelle ends her children’s book, Ten Little Night Stars.
~ What ~
At twenty-two pages, this board book with a padded front cover with gold lettering and stars targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy calming bedtime stories. With no scary scenes, it is a simple tale about counting stars as animals get ready for bed.
Written in rhyme with some complicated wording, this story begins with a baby elephant taking a bath and seeing one star out the window. A momma bear helps her cub groom, with two stars now appearing out the window. With a lion putting on pajamas, a koala snuggling with a toy, a monkey climbing into bed, a hippo being read a book, a bear praying, a raccoon being kissed, and an elephant being told goodnight, the stars increase to ten, ending with the elephant being fast asleep.
Having 3 grandchildren under age 5, I think each will enjoy the colorful illustrations with baby animals getting ready for bed with most scenes including a parent. I like the cute animals depicted and that the stars are localized and can be counted on the opened pages.
~ Why Not ~
Although there are only two three-syllable words, advanced readers may find the book sophomoric and childish. I think it targets the three- to six-year-old beginner reader more accurately. The lion club may be mistaken as a bear, but there is an included tail if you look for it.
~ Wish ~
With saying prayers as a nighttime routine, it would be thoughtful if the wording included God or Jesus.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that not only focuses on going to bed but also teaches counting to ten, this is an excellent choice.
Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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