Popina and Slumberina

Children - Picture Book
32 Pages
Reviewed on 12/03/2023
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Author Biography

Since the third grade, I've known I'd be an author. Then life happened, and I became a lawyer, writing countless legal documents. However, I felt a lack of purpose and magic. Wanting to use words to make a positive impact, I returned to my first love—writing.

Popina & Slumberina is my debut book. To make this magic happen, I collaborated with my sister, Anat Davis, who was in charge of the illustrations. Anat and I both raised daughters who cherished blankies (my daughter named her blankie "BIBI" and was never seen without it, while Anat's daughter gave her blankie the snuggly name "NIYA" and adored sniffing and toting it around).

Popina & Slumberina was originally written to help my daughter let go of her beloved Bibi (Anat's daughter was already a big girl). If you're wondering whether the story worked its magic on her, you'll be happy to know that after hearing it a couple of times, she decided to keep Bibi at home all on her own!

Anat and I hope Popina & Slumberina will help all the kids out there know they are loved and have all the strength they need to take on the world, even without their trusty blankie by their side.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Popina and Slumberina is a work of fiction in the picture book, social issues, and childcare subgenres. It is intended for bedtime reading for youngsters. Penned by author Irit Tal with illustrations by artist Anat Davis, this delightful picture book takes young readers on a magical journey of growth and self-discovery. Princess Popina, attached to her beloved blanket Slumberina, faces the challenge of letting go as she starts preschool. The story beautifully captures the universal experience of children transitioning from the comfort of home to new and sometimes intimidating environments. With humor and warmth, the rhyming narrative, accompanied by charming illustrations, portrays Popina's adventure in finding the courage to navigate new friendships and activities without her cherished blanket.

Author Irit Tal and artist Anat Davis have lovingly crafted a fantastic little adventure book that entertains its readers but also has a valuable lesson about letting go of security objects and embracing new experiences. The tenderly penned narrative of Popina working through her fears and anxieties is complemented by some adorable illustrations, offering an engaging and relatable experience for young readers. I especially enjoyed the implications of how our emotions can get the better of us and that it’s normal to feel scared sometimes by new things. The inclusion of the 'Note for Parents' by a psychologist and analytical psychotherapist adds an extra layer of insight for caregivers that is informative and well-arranged. Overall, I’d certainly recommend Popina and Slumberina as a delightful book that encourages children to explore beyond their comfort zones, making it an enjoyable and educational addition to children's literature.

Chinazo Anozie

“Once upon a time, there was a princess who lived in a kingdom.” The beginnings of the best stories start in a similar fashion, and Popina and Slumberina by Irit Tal is no different. Popina is a princess in the kingdom of Nimbasoy. When she was born, she received many lovely presents, one of which was a snuggly blanket, which she named Slumberina. Popina always took Slumberina everywhere. As she got older, her parents announced that she was to start preschool. Popina is nervous about the change and wonders how it will affect her time with Slumberina. Find out what happens to Popina and Slumberina in this lovely children’s book.

Popina and Slumberina by Irit Tal is a delightful children’s book. Tal uses rhymes to tell the story, which makes for easy and rhythmic reading. I liked that the words on each page were short and did not contain too much information, which is perfect for holding the attention of a child. The illustrations done by Anat Davis are eye-catching and show the little princess’s world. I liked the details about the kingdom and people of Nimbasoy. But most of all, I liked the important message this book conveys which will serve as a lesson for children as they see how Princess Popina learns to navigate her world, especially in a new environment. I also liked the affirmations that Popina told herself. Popina and Slumberina is a great book for young readers, their parents, and their guardians.


Great book ! I purchased this book for my daughter she loved it.