Holiday Gift for Young Children
Bedtime is often something that children try to avoid, but I learned when my oldest son Zackary was a baby that a solid routine can make bedtime much easier on both children and parents. A soothing bedtime ritual helps prepare children for sleep and lets parents have some final quiet interaction before the lights go out. One of the most popular nighttime customs is the bedtime story, and recently I was given a chance to review a new book that is especially designed for use at bedtime.
Tuck Me In! by Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt is a colorful picture book with an interactive twist that features a wavy cut paper insert between every two pages that simulates a blanket, so that children can tuck in different animal friends before finally getting tucked in themselves. The book sounded like a fun and innovative addition to bedtime and I couldn’t wait to see how my sons would like it.
When the book arrived, I sat down that very night with Zackary and Benjamin to read Tuck Me In!. The simple dialogue is easy to follow and Zackary was soon reciting each page without my help. “Who else needs to be tucked in? I do!” he said as he turned each page. The left side of the page featured an animal with his head on a pillow. By turning the half page, the animal then appeared to be resting under a comfy patterned blanket. “Good night Baby Zebra!” Zackary happily said.
Zackary had lots of fun tucking in the different animals in the book and even learned about some new animals since less familiar animals like the hedgehog and the peacock were featured. The book ends with a “Good night you!” for the reader, which gave me the perfect opportunity to tuck Zackary into bed.
Benjamin loved the bright, colorful illustrations and simple text of this book as well. I had to watch him closely to make sure he didn’t rip the pages, but I found with a little guidance he was able to flip over the “blankets” and tuck in the animals while I read. He had so much fun sitting on my lap and flipping the pages, and I loved the way that the book provided a simple and soothing preparation for both of my boys at nighttime.
The book is recommended for ages three to six, but I think that it would make a great gift for children as young as one year as long as the baby had supervision turning the pages. Tuck Me In! would make a wonderful gift for any young child and is a nice bedtime aid for parents too. For a fun and useful book that will have children ready to be cuddled under the covers, check out Tuck Me In! today!
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Giveaway ends 11:59 pm CST on December 31, 2010. Open to US and Canada