I received this book to review just days before we left for Bali.
I was going to leave it at home for when we got back, but decided to take it at the very last minute, putting it in our hand luggage as everyone was piling in the taxi.
Awesome decision on my part, if you read my post about The Displaced Walrus and the fun time that was our lengthy wait pre-departure.
I loved reading Mem Fox classics like Possum Magic and Hattie and the Fox when I was younger, so I was more than happy to bust out my best character personas 5 minutes into our flight, when the kids had already tired of the in-flight entertainment system and we had almost 4 hours left in a confined tin can packed with people and one already strung out mother.
Good Night, Sleep Tight is a collection of classic nursery rhymes collated into a bedtime story book, accompanied by some great, bright illustrations, courtesy of Judy Horacek.
|Mem Fox wowing a captive audience with her new book.|
I'm sure she has character voices almost as awesome as my own.
This book came about when Mem Fox discovered research that found that children who knew six nursery rhymes by the time they were four, would usually be among the top readers in their class by age eight.
So, essentially, in reading this bedtime story to your toddler, you are promoting their future education - parenting award, right there.
My kids now know all seven nursery rhymes in this book. The twin tornado didn't turn 4 until a couple of weeks into our trip, therefore I am expecting Rhodes Scholars out of both of them. Or at least one. Or even a hair dresser and maybe an accountant - who don't charge their mother for their services.
As far as our 'maiden reading' is concerned...
The Feral Threesome loved this book. They didn't poke / slap / taunt each other once while I read to them. It was the most blissful 8 minutes of the entire journey. Outside observers would be forgiven for thinking we were a normal, functioning family with well behaved kids who like each other. For real.
#1Pop snickered across the aisle, offering up some of his own choice rhymes. But I don't have an 18+ rating on this site in order to share his creative offerings.
The thread that joins each of the nursery rhymes together in the book is sharing something my Mother taught me.
Which got me thinking about which pearls of wisdom #1Nana has imparted on me, that I could turn into a poetic book of tips.
Here are three that made my initial shortlist:
- Wine is as essential as water
- Perms are for pensioners
- Quantity and quality are equally important
I have three copies of Mem Fox's Good Night, Sleep Tight to giveaway.
For your chance to win, comment below with either your favourite nursery rhyme, or the best thing you learnt from your Mother.
Entries close midnight (WST) Monday 28 January
The fine print:
- Entry open to Australian residents only
- One entry for commenting
- Winners drawn and published here Tuesday 29 January
- Winners have seven (7) days to respond before I throw an epic tantrum and conduct a re-draw
Good Night, Sleep Tight is available for $19.95 (RRP) if you're looking for a great kids gift idea