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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review of 'Goodnight Ark' Soothes Children To Sleep

There’s a new child’s bedtime book that will soothe your child off to sleep with a smile. If you listen, you’ll probably hear laughter as the last sound before turning out the lights for the night. The book is Goodnight Ark by ZonderKidz, and I was fortunate enough to receive it from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

It takes a tried and true Bible story character and sneaks a peek through a fictional window during a frightful night of storms. I bet you never thought that Noah may have actually known how to calm even the largest animal.

Goodnight Ark was written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by Jane Chapman. It is a hardbound adorable book from ZonderKidz.

The story is a whimsical look to a night on Noah’s Ark when one by one each group of two by two animals become frightened by the storms and climb in bed with Noah. With the weight of all those animals, Noah’s bed was sure to break, but it was the skunk that finally stunk up the place and scared them to a haybale elsewhere. In the end, Noah soothes each paired off group to sleep with a lullabye.

Obviously, it’s not the story of Noah as told in the Bible. But, it doesn’t take away from that story, either. It is intended as an uplifted, lighthearted story to send children off to sleep. It’s humorous, easy to read, and the pictures are spectacular.

The story is told in short rhymes that make the entire bedtime story sound like your own lullabye as you tuck your little one into bed to read. It also provides a cute way to interact your child into subtle lessons of cause and effect, identifying small and large animals from snakes to elephants.

The author is a mother of two who currently lives in New Jersey, and the illustrator is a multi award-winning artist from Southern England and also a mother of two. Pick up your copy of Goodnight Ark for $15.99 at Zonderkidz.com

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