Review: A Big Mooncake for Little Star

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A Big Mooncake for Little Star

Author/Illustrator: Grace Lin

Publisher: Hachette Book Group, 2018

Source: Personal Purchase

Little Star’s mama has made a big mooncake. Will she notice as night after night Little Star nibbles away at the mooncake until only crumbs are left?

This may seem like a simple story – and it is – but Grace Lin has achieved her goal of sharing the “traits of the (Chinese) Moon Festival….quiet joy, love, and beauty.”

There are many ways in which to enjoy this book. Mischievous Little Star, nibbling away at the moon, gives parents the opportunity to teach about the phases of the moon. Readers can simply enjoy the beauty of the illustrations. It is also a wonderfully, comforting bedtime story, perfect for parent and child to cuddle together while reading.

Review: With All My Heart

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With All My Heart

Author: Stephanie Stansbie

Illustrator: Richard Smythe

Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books, 2019

Welcome to the first post of 2020!

Looking for a sweet and loving bedtime story? With All My Heart will exactly fit the need. It is reminiscent of books like Guess How Much I Love You and The Kissing Hand.

Mama Bear and her baby bear are sharing some loving memories as day fades to night. The text, which is soothing and reassuring, taking the readers forward, from day to night, from season to season, and year to year. And though things may change, Mama’s love is constant.

The illustrations are both vibrant and gentle. Readers can enjoy the sweeping visuals while at the same time exploring the smaller spaces provided by peek-through cut-outs. The cut-outs provide clues as to what will be happening on the next page. They also draw the story forward, using the repetition of the words that appear within the shapes to build the text on the following page.

Text and illustrations work together beautifully. I felt as though the book was providing a visual lullaby.


*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Review: Sleep Tight Sleepy Bears


Sleep Tight Sleepy Bears

Author: Margaret Wise Brown

Illustrator: Julie Clay

Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books, an imprint of Printers Row Publishing Group, 2018

Today’s book selection contains all the wonderful features mentioned in yesterday’s book, Count to 10 with a Mouse. There is plenty of repetition and opportunities for young readers to predict what comes next. This book has the added feature of being a great bedtime read. It’s quieting and soothing. It’s the kind of book that makes us feel enveloped in a big hug.

Big bear and little bear are getting read for bed. Big bear gives a great yawn. Little bear gives a great yawn. Big bear stretches. Little bear gives a stretch. Big bear sings a sleepy song. Little bear repeats it. Finally, big bear closes his eyes and whispers goodnight, but little bear has no response. Guess what’s happened there?

The illustrations are also soothing. The pictures are done in light to ever-deepening shades of blues and purples. I love how the end pages are patterned like the quilt the bears will sleep under. It is one of those details that make us feel “tucked in” as we share a relaxing end to our day.


*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Review: Mother Earth’s Lullaby

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Mother Earth’s Lullaby: A Song for Endangered Animals

Author: Terry Pierce

Illustrator: Carol Heyer

Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers, 2018

It’s time for bed. As the day ends and night closes in, we say goodnight to a selection of baby animals of endangered species. The giant panda, the yellow-footed rock wallaby, the California condor, the Polar bear, the American red wolf, the Sumatran tiger, the Javan rhinoceros, the Red-tailed Amazon parrot, the Vaquita dolphin, the Northern spotted owl, the Hawaiian goose, and the Key deer snuggle in close with their mothers. Pictured in their native habitats, the animals rest and are at peace.

At the end of the book, there is a short informational paragraph about each of the endangered species. There is also information about success stories.  The Indian rhino, green sea turtles, Trumpeter swans, and the bald eagle have all made recoveries off the endangered species list. I would have liked to see them included on the pages, too. It is encouraging to know that our efforts to save animals have made a difference.

The illustrations begin with a mom reading to her two young children, cuddling close as they share the story. We go through the pages of baby animals and their moms, also cuddling close as they prepare for night, until we come full circle. Mom is looking at the book as her two young children have drifted off to sleep. It’s very soothing – the perfect bedtime story.