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Teeny Meadows: Bella's Bedtime is written by Chris Matthews and illustrated by Erin McGaha. Bella the doodlebug is afraid of the dark. Her mother explains to her that night time is the most magical time because of all the wonderful things that happen after dark. Bella hears the nocturnal animals make their sounds and sees the stars and lightning bugs her mother told her about. With the world moving through the night as Bella lay nestled in her bed in her buttercup bedroom, will the fear of the unusual sounds cause her to be even more afraid? Is her mother right? Is the night a magical time? How will Bella fall asleep with all of the new sounds and sights going on around her?
The message in Teeny Meadows: Bella's Bedtime by Chris Matthews is one that many kids will find comforting. Being afraid of the dark and all the things that are different when the sun goes down are common fears amongst kids. I love how Matthews used doodlebugs in his story. I haven’t heard that term in years, which made this story so much more adorable. The sweet way Bella’s mom describes the night as magical rather than frightening is a very interesting way to help a child overcome their fear of the dark. The illustrations by Erin McGaha tell the story just as effectively as the words do, making it a great book for kids everywhere. I recommend Teeny Meadows to anyone with children and hope to read more of Matthews’ doodlebug stories soon.