Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Goodnight favorite!

Abhay drives a hard bargain when it comes to reading books during his bed-time or nap-time. He always manages to negotiate his way into having more than two books read to him before he goes off to sleep. Sometimes, there is even a ‘default’ book to be repeated everyday that is exclusive of the two main books chosen for the night’s story time! So if you agree to read him two books at bedtime, you are automatically bound to read the default book. There is simply no backing out once you realize you’ve actually been conned into reading three and not two books! What’s the big deal ….you may ask….it’s just another book!! Well, when its 8.30/ 9.00 PM in the evening and you face the prospect of some quiet and relaxed time to enjoy dinner watching something on TV besides ‘Thomas & Friends’ ….one more book seems like forever!!

Anyway, for as long as I can remember, Abhay’s default book was the classic “Goodnight Moon” by Margret Wise Brown and pictures by Clement Hurd. As the title suggests, it creates a perfect setting for bedtime and best suited for all ages from toddlers to early readers. You can almost feel the night descending on you with the book’s bright red and green illustrations beautifully interspersed with black and white, the repetitive rhyming verses and the subtle images of bedtime atmosphere. This is an ideal book to goad your little one into the wind-up mode. After reading this book, believe me, he is not the only one to let out a yawn! :-)

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