In the first story, Shadows In My Room, a young girl named Kayla wants to be as brave as her brother, Adam, but she becomes nervous at night. She's scared of the shadows she sees outside of her window, and inside of her room. Mama comes in to reassure Kayla. She's loving and doesn't belittle her daughter. Mama also talks about the power of imagination.
In the second story, What's That Noise?, a young girl named Amber hears a "spooky sound" outside. She considers going into her brother Cameron's room for safety, but then she hears it again, and cries out for her mother. Mama comes into Amber's bedroom and they talk about the sounds they hear. She spends time with her daughter, and offers her imaginative explanations and reassurance.
Both of these sweet bedtime stories will appeal to children, especially to those who become fearful when darkness falls. The stories are not too long or too short--they seem just about right for reading before bedtime or naptime. Shadows In My Room & What's That Noise? is only 29 pages long. A parent or other caregiver could read one story and save the second one for the next time, or read both of them at once if time permits. I read these on my iPad mini, which makes a nifty eReader. The author's husband, George Ames Clarke, helped design the book, which features illustrations by Matthew Cole. The cheerful, bright colors and cartoons will appeal to children and their parents. These gentle stories offer comfort at bedtime, and should help children to fall asleep and have sweet dreams.
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