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Jun 05 2018

Please don't cry by Natalie Mooney

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Little Steps Publishing, 2018. ISBN 9781925545678
(Age: 0-5) Highly recommended. Please don't cry is a lullaby, great for reading to young children at bedtime. The rhyming text is calming and the illustrations are bright and detailed. Children and their carers can see how different families get their children ready for bed. They can also look at all of the different types of beds that can be used when it is time for sleep.
The rhyming text of Please con't cry creates a soothing rhythm and children and their parents could sing the lullaby together. What a great bedtime routine! The rhythm of the text is reminiscent of other lullabies, making it a lovely keepsake book and maybe even a new tradition.
Each illustration is a wealth of new vocabulary for children. They can be encouraged to describe places to sleep, dragons and dinosaurs and more. They can discuss the feelings of each child in each picture. This story will help create a magical bedtime routine and is highly recommended for children from birth to 5 years. The rhyming pattern could also be investigated in early primary as children learn about words that rhyme.
Kylie Kempster

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