Day to Night: An Owl's Tale
by Danielle Morrison
Trafford Publishing

"Night is near so lend an ear to hear the old wise owl. As he says, 'goodnight day, hello night.'"

Morrison's richly illustrated children's book is reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon, a classic to which generations of children have been tucked into bed. However, instead of a bunny narrator, Morrison's book features a wise old owl who flies through the land wishing various animals a good night's sleep. As a nocturnal creature, the owl is a sensible choice to serve as narrator. As the book opens, the owl is surveying his beautiful land, filled with green grass and rainbows. Then, the evening arrives and the stars come out. The owl bids the sun, trees, and daytime creatures goodnight, and welcomes the other nocturnal creatures to come out and play. As night transitions to daybreak yet again, children are reminded that the darkness doesn't last forever. The book closes with a marvelously clever illustration that seamlessly blends night with daybreak.

Since many children are reluctant sleepers, Morrison's book is likely to appeal to a wide audience. Children who listen to their parents read them this book before bedtime may be assured that daybreak will indeed come again and that cuddly animals, rather than terrifying monsters, inhabit the realm of the nighttime. Although some of the rhymes seem slightly forced, the narration features pleasing alliteration and repetition that children will enjoy. This children's book may also serve an educational purpose. Children will have fun looking for hidden animals, insects, spider webs, and fairies throughout the illustrations. Parents and youngsters can discuss what these animals might eat, what sounds they might make, and in what part of the world they live.

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