I am the mother of two young children - my daughter is currently 6 and my son is 9. I have read to them every single night of their lives, and so I consider myself something of an expert on bedtime stories. Some books are just too interesting to be good for bedtime - they excite, rather than calm. Others claim to be bedtime stories, but are really just boring. This book, I can say without a shadow of a doubt, is magical and utterly perfect for bedtime.
The illustrations in "Ten Minutes to Bed Little Unicorn" are so vibrant, playful, and beautiful. For the first few readings, this actually kept my little ones from quieting down and settling in to sleep. They were enthralled by the pictures, delighted by the imagery and colors, and so they wanted to be sitting up to see them. After a few readings, though, they committed the pictures to memory and were able to lay back with their eyes closed and see the pages in their heads. And that, my friends, makes bedtime a snap!
At this point, we have read "Ten Minutes to Bed Little Unicorn" so many times that we all have it committed to memory. When we traveled out of town a week ago and forgot to take the book with us, we were still able to "read" it as I recited it from memory and the kids saw the pictures in their minds.
Another bonus is that this book is great for early readers. The print is playful and easy to read, and the words are mostly most-used words that early readers know or are learning.
This is my favorite bedtime book we have. I highly, highly recommend to all who read to kids at bedtime, and to all early readers.
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