FICTION

Sweet Dreams, Zaza

Clavis. Aug. 2019. 24p. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781605374611.
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Toddler-PreS–Bedtime routines are vital for young children, and this book shares one young girl’s nightly tasks. A young toddler, Zaza, sweetly gets her five animal friends ready for bed in unique ways. George Giraffe needs head pats, Mo needs a lullaby, and others, like Pinkie, just need a soft snuggle. Her favorite bear gets special treatment though. “Zaza loves all of her animal friends, but Rosie is her favorite. Zaza gives Rosie the sweetest kiss of all.” Once all of her animal friends have fallen asleep, Zaza’s mommy comes to help the child get ready for bed. Readers will notice that Mommy uses the same routine on Zaza that the girl used with her animals. The illustrations depict the bedtime routine beautifully and show Zaza and Mommy as having brown skin and natural hair.
VERDICT A first purchase that will reinforce the ritual steps to observe before falling asleep. Sweet dreams are guaranteed

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