A fun, new bedtime story to read to your kids!
Join Zoey the zebra as she searches across Africa for the best way to say good night. She sees the bedtime routine of lions, warthogs, monkeys, and more—but which one is the very best?
Teaching little ones to celebrate differences while appreciating the blessing of their own unique family, How Do You Say Good Night? is a great way to introduce the concept of diversity in a fun and respectful way while also fostering an attitude of gratitude.
Watch your little ones reach for this book night after night!
|Publisher:||Nelson, Thomas, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||7.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Catalina Echeverri was born in Bogota, Colombia, in 1986. She has a BA in graphic design from the Accademia di Comunicazione (Milano, Italy) and an MA in children's book illustration from Cambridge School of Art, ARU (Cambridge, UK). Catalina likes to write and illustrate her own stories. She is currently working on picture books with both Random House and Bloomsbury Press. Her work has been selected to feature in the Best of British Illustration catalogue in 2012, published by the AOI (Association of Illustrators). Catalina currently lives in London with her husband, William.
Read an Excerpt
How do others say good night before they're tucked in tight? Do they stop to pray before they hit the hay? Do they brush their teeth before they go to sleep? What's the very best way to end each wonderful day?
The sun began to lower in the sky. Zoey the zebra needed to get ready for bed soon, but as she looked past her grassy home, she had a thought.
So Zoey went on a search for the best way to say good night.
"How do you say good night?" Zoey asked a pride of lions.
"We say good night with all of our might. We wrestle and roar and then play some more. We softly sing, then bow to our King. And then we growl, 'GOOD NIGHT!'"
The zebra thought that sounded fun, but her search had just begun.
Then Zoey asked a sounder of warthogs, "How do you say good night?"
"We find a puddle and lie down to cuddle. We wiggle our snouts. We squeal and we shout. And we thank God above for His sweet, gentle love. Then we grunt and snort, 'GOOD NIGHT!'"
She liked how warthogs end the day but still continued on her way.
When she neared a herd of elephants, she asked, "How do you say good night?"
"We eat a light snack and spray off our backs. And when it turns dusk, we brush off our tusks. We thank God for the fun we had under the sun. And then we trumpet, 'GOOD NIGHT!"
The zebra wanted to join in, but onward Zoey went again.
Zoey walked up to a flock of ostriches and asked, "How do you say good night?"
"We all get together and preen our long feathers. We eat something sweet — a big bedtime treat — And then we tell stories of God's wonderful glory. Then we squawk, 'GOOD NIGHT!'"
The zebra liked that bedtime drill, but Zoey trotted farther still.
Little Zoey saw a troop of monkeys and asked, "How do you say good night?"
"We swing through the trees as fast as we please Till we find a nice bed and cover our heads And thank God for our deep and comfortable sleep. Then we screech, 'GOOD NIGHT!'"
Zoey loved this bedtime groove, but she left, still on the move.
"How do you say good night?" Zoey asked a pod of hippopotamuses.
"All together we make our way down to the lake. We float near the surface and do this on purpose So we can breathe the night air and thank God for His care. And then we huff and puff, 'GOOD NIGHT!'" Sweet Zoey liked that fun good-night, but she walked on — soon out of sight.
Now the sun was so low it barely peeked above the horizon.
I love the lions' roars and their deep and heavy snores. The hippos make me laugh when they make a giant splash. Each good-night was great! Now I can hardly wait To say my own good-night with my family snuggled tight.
Zoey happily galloped back to her home.(Continues…)
Excerpted from "How do you Say Good Night?"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
How Do You Say Good Night? is a children's board book that combines thanking God and saying good night at bedtime. Within twenty pages, this board book focuses on Zoey the Zebra as she searches for the best way to say good night, while traveling around Africa. Plus, the re are enjoyable illustrations. According to the book summary, "Teaching little ones to celebrate differences and appreciate the blessing of their own unique family...will be a great way to introduce the concept of diversity in an embracing and respectful way and will show the importance of thanking God for everything He provides." How Do You Say Good Night? is a highly recommended children's book, and it's geared towards little ones, particularly kindergartners and younger ages. Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
How Do You Say Good Night? is a board/picture book perfect for little ones. It's full of colorful illustrations of various animals. The story follows Zoey the zebra who's curious how other animal families say good night. So he explores that curiosity to gain answers from each group. What parents may appreciate is the subtle educational aspect of this story: a pride of lions, a herd of elephants, a sounder of warthogs and so on. Plus, each notes some activity that would be typical for that particular animal. The lions wrestle and roar. The elephants have a light snack and spray off their backs. The ostriches preen. These are a few examples. There are a total of seven animals represented in this book (zebras, lions, warthogs, ostriches, hippos, elephants and monkeys). This is a great book to read to any little ones and since it's a board book it will hold up to some abuse. And each page notes each animal family giving thanks to God for something specific: food, a place to sleep, for the day, for His love, etc. This would make a good book to start a bedtime routine with toddlers. This is my honest review of How Do You Say Good Night? I received a complimentary copy from BookLook Blogger.
This full color, wooden little book is adorable for bedtime reading. Zoey the zebra roams around Africa asking other animals how they say goodnight. Along the way, she encounters lions, warthogs, elephants, monkeys, hippos, and more. The text rhymes and has lots of opportunity for aloud readers to make funny noises. At the end of the book, Zoey goes back to her family in peace. This book is great for diversity, showing kids that it's okay to be different. Just as different animals all have their own way of saying goodnight, different people have their own way of living.
“Each good-night was great! Now I can hardly wait To say my own good-night with my family snuggled tight,” Zoey concludes in Catalina Echeverri’s children’s book, How Do You Say Good Night? ~ What ~ At twenty pages, this board book with rounded corners targets children ages four to eight years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about a zebra learning how other animals say good night and finds her own way to make the routine special. Full page color illustrations of the animals and where they live cover the pages. Written in rhyme with some complicated wording, this tale involves a zebra named Zoey who is on a quest to find the best way to say good night. Whether lions wrestling before bedtime, warthogs wiggling their snouts, elephants brushing their tusks, ostriches preening their feathers, monkeys swinging through the trees, or hippopotamuses floating, all animals getting ready for bed thank God, and Zoey finds a way to say good night with her family. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not like books that mention God may not approve of this one. Since God is mentioned often, the book could be applied to any god-focus religion as there are no Bible verses or references to Jesus. Beginner readers may have trouble with some of the two- and three-syllable words. ~ Wish ~ I wish the animals characteristics in their bedtime routines were factual in the story as they may not all be. Including a Bible verse or two would ensure the Almighty God is thanked. ~ Want ~ If you are looking for a book to read at bedtime that focuses on night time routines and how they can be different for everyone, this may be a good selection that includes thanking God. Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for furnishing this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.