When the Moon Smiled
Full of twinkling charm is this board book version of a favourite Petr Horáček counting story.
One evening the moon rises to discover that everything down below has gone topsy-turvy. The animals that should have been awake are nowhere in sight while those that ought to have been asleep are still awake.
Time to light the stars and set things right, thinks the moon. And so he does, one by one.
The first star lit sends the dog into the land of nod; the second is for the two cats; they stretch and go out on the prowl.
Then in turn he goes on to light a star, for, the three cows, four bats,
five pigs, six foxes, seven geese, eight mice, nine sheep and finally, the tenth star is for the moths.
Now the entire sky is full of stars shining down over the farm and all’s right with the world.
It’s a perfect bedtime story for little ones, so written in a lyrical manner and illustrated in mixed media by Horáček, as to induce a feeling of somnolence.
Children will love to join in counting the stars and animals along with the moon as he alternates between setting to rights the diurnal and nocturnal creatures, before falling fast asleep themselves.
Just right for introducing an assortment of 26 means of transport, from ambulance to zeppelin, is this alphabetic array of vehicles that run on land, move across water or fly through the air.
If your child’s at that stage, it’s great for learning letters of the alphabet by name and also the initial sounds; although electric car and ice-cream van, unicycle, Queen Mary and express train will need a bit of extra talking about (one of the snags of phonics).
With bold bright images against equally bright backgrounds to enjoy, the sounds of the various vehicles to make – both you and your toddler can have fun being inventive over this – plus possibilities such as wheels, lack of, who might drive and countless other possible things to talk about, this little board book is simply bursting with a wealth of language learning potential.