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Number of Pages: 22
Publication Date: 2018
One little night star,
Twinkling in deep blue.
I run inside to take my bath,
Then there are…
Ten Little Night Stars is a sweet bedtime counting book perfect for the youngest readers. One by one the stars come out in the night sky as cute and cuddly animals go through their bedtime routines. This board book will encourage children to turn the page with interactive and engaging rhyme, and will take them through bath time, story time, and sleep. Written by Deb Gruelle, great-great-grand-niece of Johnny Gruelle, the creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy, Ten Little Night Stars is the perfect bedtime story for parents and children alike.
Deb Gruelle is the great-great-grand-niece of Johnny Gruelle, the creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy, so she grew up on his whimsical stories. One of Debs most fulfilling roles in life has been to be a mom and raise her three children, who are now adults. She has been certified as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to help children in foster care navigate the court system and has volunteered at her local women and childrens shelter and at Habitat for Humanity. She also enjoys indoor skydiving, snorkeling, and counting stars.
Gabi Murphys career in art was built on the enthusiasm of a bubbly, eccentric art teacher who claimed with exuberant arm waving: "Darling, you must do art!" She has been a freelance artist for over 35 years and has spent happy hours creating lots of cutesy, fluffy characters. She has recently studied acrylic and oil painting at ISoA and has also discovered an interest in digital art. Everything and anything can trigger a scribble session, but color is her greatest inspiration.
GHott5 Stars Out Of 5Its definitely a book Ill buying to gift!February 23, 2018GHottQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This hard-cover board book seems to glow as we see the adorable elephants peacefully watching the sky. Its so sweet and relaxing!
Learning to count with this sweet bedtime story will definitely give your child restful dreams. (If they dont drag you outside to watch the stars come out!!) The nighttime routine reminders pulled together with the verse will be helpful to remind children of what needs to be done before hopping into bed. Its a great way to combine two different aspects of learning.
Jennifer Saake5 Stars Out Of 5Given In Pairs, Great Baby Shower GiftFebruary 20, 2018Jennifer SaakeQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Ten Little Night Stars is my "go to" baby shower present. I give two copies of the book, one to read, enjoy, and let baby teeth on now, and one as a keepsake for the future. With slightly padded cover and heavy board pages, the book is sturdy and well-manufactured, but Deb Gruelle's delightful rhymes and Gabi Murphy's precious pictures will keep kids coming back to this story, so two copies just make sense, as it is sure to become a family classic! The story is short enough to be read to very young toddlers who are just learning independence and routine, engaging enough to keep early counters excited, and simple enough to be sounded out by beginning readers.
CrystalFloridaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Adorable!February 13, 2018CrystalFloridaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This bedtime board book is absolutely adorable! The animal characters are cute and lovable, and the rhyming text is whimsical and delightful. Little ones will enjoy counting the stars with each page turn as another star appears in the window. It's the perfect bedtime book for babies and toddlers, and also makes a great baby or birthday gift. Little ones will want to read this book over and over again. It's sure to be a favorite!
JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Counting Book and Bedtime Story Rolled into OneFebruary 7, 2018JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ten Little Night Stars, written by Deb Gruelle and illustrated by Gabi Murphy, is one of the sweetest board books ever. It's a counting book and bedtime story all rolled into one, and I appreciate that it is bigger than most board books - roughly 8 x 8 with a lightly padded front cover for either parents or children to hold. It's sturdy, yet keepsake quality.
Regarding the text, I love how the rhyme begun on one page helps kids anticipate the first word on the next. (My daughter loves this, too!) I also like the way the book not only teaches counting, but also presents a simple bedtime routine, familiar to most children. Of course, the pictures of a great variety of animal parents putting their offspring to bed was my favorite part.
I thank ZonderKidz for sending me a complimentary copy in exchange for this review. If you have young children or grandchildren, I recommend this book to you.
CherylProspect,KYAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Learn to count board bookFebruary 1, 2018CherylProspect,KYAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Ten Little Night Stars - By: Deb Gruelle Illustrated By: Gabi Murphy
Elephants, bears, lions, monkeys and more go through their nighttime routine and count the stars that appear in their window as they brush their teeth, get in their pajamas, say their prayers, and receive their goodnight kiss in the new book by Deb Gruelle.
On the positive side, it is a softly padded, durable board book so what is not to love? So very durable in the hands of little ones. A second big advantage to this book is that it provides opportunity to teach your child to count to ten using the bedtime routine they can all relate to or to begin establishing the bedtime routine. The cute whimsical animals will capture a child's attention and the fact that Gruelle used such a variety lends itself to teaching the names of animals as well.
The variety brings me to my only "complaint" and I use that term very loosely because it isn't really a complaint. Having a different room and animal on each page just caught me off guard as I was expecting to find only the elephants on the front to follow through the story.
I would recommend this book for ages 1 to 4 because of the brevity of the book which is perfect for short attention spans as well as the fact that many children are counting well beyond ten at the age of 4. In my opinion board books such as this one are a welcome addition to a newborn library and make a perfect baby gift, one that will last far belong the cute little outfits.
I did receive this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and am in no way obligated to write a positive one.