About Book 1
Title: Goodnight, Sleep Tight: What a Wonderful Flight | Author: Louise Lintvelt | Illustrator: Do Thai Thanh | Publication Date: April 16, 2014 | Publisher: eBookPartnership.com | Number of pages: 32 | Recommended age: 3 to 8
After an exciting flight, it is time to say goodnight.
The tired sun sets overhead.
Sleepy aircraft get ready for bed.
They slow their propellers and park their wings.
Time to snuggle up and tuck in…Goodnight, Sleep Tight.
The charming illustrations and sweet rhyming text are sure to be a delight for sleepy aircraft enthusiasts.
My Thoughts: Goodnight, Sleep Tight: What a Wonderful Flight introduces children to the wide variety of aircrafts and how they are used within our society. Using anthropomorphism and onomatopoeia, aircrafts such as “Passenger carrier Clay”, “Fire plane Jake”, “Crop Duster Dan”, and others are literally brought to life through beautiful illustrations and in rhyming verse. Each aircraft is given one two-page spread to describe their primary function in society and a second two-page spread to say “Good Night”. On the final page, the reader is given one last opportunity to say good night to all the aircrafts as they retire for the night. “Shh … Goodnight … Sleep Tight.”
There is so much to like about this book (especially if you have a pilot in the family and are aircraft enthusiasts to begin with!) Goodnight, Sleep Tight: What a Wonderful Flight contains just the right amount of information for young children. There are only five varieties of aircrafts covered in the book and there is only a brief description of what they do. Here is one example using a crop duster:
Crop duster Dan
soars across the farmer’s land,
fertilizing the barren sand.
A gentle spray streams from his wings
as he softly sings…
There are basic vocabulary words introduced (e.g., “crop duster”, “fertilizing”, “barren”) and children will have a basic idea of how these aircrafts are used. Further, I loved how there were sound effects for the airplanes and I have to say that they seemed quite accurate!
I read this book to my children and they really enjoyed it. We did end up discussing in much more detail the specifics of each type of aircraft. I thought it was interesting that a military-type “jet plane” was included although it was discussed in the context of air shows (where most people see them live). However, it did feel awkward because, as a parent, I know what those planes are really used for! Regardless, overall I did feel that the choice of aircrafts to highlight was appropriate and of interest to children.
At first, I was not a big fan of the illustrations – specifically, the anthropomorphism of the plane, but as I kept reading, I came to appreciate that the illustrations matched the text quite nicely. My kids did make comments about the illustrations as well, but they seemed to like the look of the “friendly” airplanes and helicopter. With regards to rhyming and meter, I found them to be good, but there were a couple of spots where the meter was a bit off. Overall though, it was very well done.
My Bottom Line: Goodnight, Sleep Tight:What a Wonderful Flight is a charming, rhyming picture book that introduces children to five different types of aircraft used in our society on a regular basis. I recommend this book to children who are airplane enthusiasts, aged 3 to 8. This book would make a great addition to a school or public library.
About Book 2
Title: How Andrew Got His Spots | Author: Louise Lintvelt | Illustrator: Julie Sneeden | Publication Date: April 16, 2014 | Publisher: eBookPartnership.com | Number of pages: 32 | Recommended age: 3 to 8
Poor Andrew is feeling very blue, all the other giraffes are very spotty but he is as white as can be. He does not have any spots, you see!
He keeps seeing spots wherever he goes…
And many, many, many more.
“Where did you get your spots?” he asks. Join Andrew as he discovers how the ladybug, the leopard and the owl came to have spots and discovers that spots often appear when you are least expecting them!
This is a wonderful rhyming picture book for children of all ages.
My Thoughts: How Andrew Got His Spots is a lovely picture book about a young giraffe who feels sad because he is different from all of the other giraffes – he is “as white as white could be”. As he wanders around, he happens upon a variety of other creatures who all have spots: a ladybird, a leopard, and a spotted owl. They explain to Andrew how, they too, were without spots and that with a little patience he too would become speckled. Children will be delighted to witness exactly how “Andrew Got His Spots”.
What is so beautiful about How Andrew Got His Spots is the mere simplicity of the story. We meet Andrew as a spotless giraffe and immediately feel sympathy for him. I like how the author does not belabour this point but immediately sends Andrew on his way to discover how he may also get his spots. Andrew meets three other spotted animals and with a twist of magic, we learn how they got their spots. The lesson they teach Andrew is to be patient and his spots will come too! Again, the author does a great job of giving just enough information to keep children’s attention. Very well done!
The illustrations by Julie Sneeden are just lovely. They are bright and colorful and do a great job of conveying the magic throughout the book. I love the picture of the fairy painting the spots on the ladybird in particular. Just a beautiful book! This book features rhyming verse and the author did an excellent job. The words just rolled off my tongue. I loved the verses where the animals explain how they got their spots. For example, the owl explains the following to Andrew:
A strong wind blew,
and in they flew.
Small brown spots covered my chest,
and made a lovely speckled breast.
My Bottom Line: How Andrew Got His Spots is a charming and beautifully-illustrated picture book that teaches children to be patient and to believe in a bit of magic. I recommend this lovely book to children ages 2.5 years to 6 years old who love books featuring animals.
* I received these books free of charge from the author in exchange for my honest opinions. All opinions expressed are my own. The author is participating in our Book Promotion Services
About the Author: Louise Lintvelt
I am from South Africa and I live in a city called Pretoria. I am a Chemical Engineer by day and a children’s book writer by night. I am married to a wonderful man and we have a beautiful two year old daughter called Allegra. I love writing stories for my daughter, who is a constant inspiration.
I have always loved reading. My childhood was filled with books and you would often find me crouched the corner of my room devouring the pages of my favourite book. I lived for Tuesday mornings as this would bring with it the excitement of a trip to the local library for story hour and the opportunity to take home a new book. I was the local librarian’s worst nightmare. I would arrive a few minutes early to check that she had not mistakenly chosen a book that had already been read in story hour.
I was a very bossy three year old with an insatiable appetite for books! This has not really changed much in the last twenty seven years. Dr. Seuss was my absolute favourite and to say that my copy of One, Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish was well read would be an understatement.
When it comes to writing, my daughter is my biggest inspiration. I love seeing her face light up with excitement when we sit down to read a book before bedtime. My daughter was fascinated by giraffes after we went on a safari trip in late 2012. This planted the seed for my picture book called How Andrew Got His Spots which is a rhyming adaptation of a story I originally wrote in the third grade. My daughter has since grown into a healthy two year old with a passion for aircraft which was the inspiration for writing Goodnight, Sleep tight, What a Wonderful Flight.
I am sure that there are many parents in the world (myself included), who are quite decidedly sick and tired of reading the same favourite picture book night after night. I believe that the words of Oscar Wilde best describe how children should feel about picture books when he said, If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
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We are pleased to be coordinating two separate Blog Tours for these two picture books by Louise Lintvelt. The Blog Tour for “Goodnight, Sleep Tight: What a Wonderful Flight” will take place June 3 to 16 and the Blog Tour for “How Andrew Got His Spots” will take place June 17 to 30. *For more information and to sign up, click HERE*.
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