24pp., hbk., RRP $A19.99
Bedtime and time to snuggle down. But in this family, like so many others, it is dad who is putting the little one to sleep because her mother is still at work.
And as he acknowledges that her mum misses her too, he tells her of other mums like the owl, the frog and the wombat who must also be awake and alert at night so they can keep their babies safe and snug.
This is one of those gentle stories that help little ones understand that there are many different types of family circumstances and each family works out just which is right for them. There is no right or wrong, just different. My own granddaughters were tucked up and in by their dad every night because of the different shifts their parents worked and they just accepted it for what it was. Of course it was a treat to have mummy home to read the bedtime story when she could but otherwise, life went on to its own rhythm.
The gentle rhyming text and soft palette add to the atmosphere of drawing the curtains on the day…
Mums with many things to do
All miss their little ones, like you.
As well as reassuring little ones that Mummy will be home and will kiss them goodnight, using the creatures as illustrations opens up ideas to explore what other creatures are awake at night and why they are. Why is the dark the safest cover for some?
Reassuring, restful and recommended for families whose working hours are not the conventional.