How Animals Say Goodnight

A Sweet Going to Bed Book about Animal Sleep Habits

Children - Animals
18 Pages
Reviewed on 02/12/2021
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Did you know that the albatross sleeps while flying high in the sky? I’m not sure I’d want to try that. Imagine if I flew into a mountain top, or another flying creature, or an airplane. All animals must sleep. Like us, they have their nocturnal sleeping routine – or perhaps it’s a daytime sleeping routine if, like bats, they sleep during the daytime and are active when the world gets dark. Do you think animals have a bed to sleep in like we do? Or do they listen to bedtime stories read with love by a parent?

Esther Pia Cordova’s picture book story, How Animals Say Goodnight: A Sweet Going to Bed Book about Animal Sleep Habits, is a charming way to settle down an active young mind while still teaching them about the world around them. Children are full of questions and I’m sure lots of questions have been asked frequently about baby animals – about how and where and even when they sleep. The story, told in rhyming verse and accompanied by bright, cheery, and colorful illustrations, leads the young reader dreamily (one can hope) through the sleeping patterns of many animals, including elephants, dolphins, penguins, bats, and many others. I love the illustration of the baby giraffe snuggled up against its mother. And the rhyming verse about the chimpanzee, who sleeps up to nine hours every day in a bed full of twigs and leaves. I’m sure young readers will agree that their own soft bed and pillows are much more comfortable. Beautifully presented, hopefully, this will be a dreamy story full of light education and entertainment to lure young readers into their own sleep patterns.