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Review of "Sleep Tight!" by Constance Allen
If you are looking for a bedtime story for your little one, I highly recommend "Sleep Tight!" written by Constance Allen and illustrated by David Prebenna. "Sleep Tight!", published by Dalmatian Press in 2006, features 24 glossy pages of Sesame Street Muppets.
The monsters, birds, grouches and Twiddlebugs engage in a variety of bedtime activities. Besides bouncing on the bed and snuggling under the blankets, the Muppets bath, brush teeth and fur, do stretches, read a book, sing a lullaby and count sheep.
All this activity leads to the following bedtime vocabulary:
- lie down
Beginning readers will enjoy looking for the phrase "sleep tight". It is used eight separate times, not including the cover and title page.
The following Sesame Street Muppets are pictured in this book:
- Alice Snuffleupagus
- Big Bird
- the Count
- Hoots the Owl
- Little Big
Each picture is beautifully rendered with each Sesame Street Muppet shown in a detailed background. There are flowers in Flossie and Herry's front garden and a glass of milk on Elmo's nightstand. Elmo is shown holding his daddy's hand as he crosses the street. Also, the sun is shown descending and then the moon rising as the story progresses to its end.
My daughter is a huge Elmo fan and she very much enjoys reading about Elmo's bedtime routine. She likes pointing out the things that she does the same. And though the book does encourage her desire to bounce on her bed, it is also a wonderful bedtime story that demonstrates many good habits. Besides the obvious bedtime habits, it also has Elmo asking his father politely for another game and holding onto his hand as they cross the street on their way home. Most toddlers will enjoy relating to the Muppets as they go about their bedtime routines.