Lull them to sleep as you teach them to count.
Exquisite artwork and charming baby animals teach children to count from one to 10 while easing them toward sleep. Parents and caregivers may find this a perfect union of engaging, soothing words, images, and numeric instruction. The simple series of beautifully rendered two-page tableaux begins with the transition from day to night: “When the sun goes down, / one moon rises, / two stars come out, / three owlets rest high in the treetops,” and so on. After “ten ducklings tuck beneath a warm wing,” the enticingly somniferous action concludes with the suggestion that “It’s time for all babies to sleep. Good night, babies.” The denouement is a scene of a happy, sleeping brown-skinned baby tucked in and sleeping peacefully. In addition to the owlets, the book features fawns, fox cubs, puppies, kittens, chicks, bunnies, and ducklings. Numbers are indicated in numeric form as well as spelled out in the text. There is an elegant flow to author Walters’ text that is gracefully complemented in the lovely renderings by artist Bisaillon. The images blend cut paper, pastels, watercolors, pencils, and digital imaging to an effect at once striking and soothing.
An exceptional bedtime delight that instruct as it composes restless little ones for slumber. (Board book. 1-3)