Friday, January 22, 2010

Pet Shop Lullaby by Mary Ann Fraser

The problems one little hamster can cause in a pet shop! Hamsters are nocturnal. That means they stay up all night and sleep all day. (Like owls.) Most of the other animals in the pet shop (cat, dog, mouse, rabbit, guinea pig) are diurnal. They are like you and me--they sleep at night. These animals put their heads together and put the hamster to sleep. They go through several bedtime rituals (teeth brushing, story reading). Finally, the hamster is asleep!

What I thought: Lovely! The story is great. It's a simple way to introduce the concept of nocturnal animals. The minimal text makes this book perfect for preschool story time. The illustrations are colorful and lifelike.

Story Time Ideas: This would be a great book to use for a pajama story time. You could pair it with other bedtime books. You could also use it for a nocturnal animal story time. Pair with Good-Night, Owl! by Pat Hutchins.

(Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mill Press, 2009)


Mary Ann Fraser said...

Thank you for the lovely review for Petshop Lullaby. It is always nice when someone suggests ways to use your book.

Bridget said...

You're welcome, Mary Ann. Your book was a pleasure to read. I had the opportunity to read it to a group of preschoolers at an impromptu story time and they loved it.