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Tell Me How You Say Good Night by Teddy O'Malley and Angie Dickens gives the preschool child a precious series of puppy photos to view while someone reads a story about going to bed in the world of puppies. Six puppies are ready for bed. They have to be put to bed and then tucked in. They need to be told how much they are loved. And then, they get the traditional saying of not allowing the bed bugs to bite, an important element of the good-night ritual of a puppy. Any preschool child will be mesmerized by the pictures. It may be stimulating to have the reader and the child talk about how similar the needs of a puppy and a child really are. Reading the book is a good opportunity to talk about togetherness and the importance of assurance from caregivers.
The book offers just a bit more when it tells child listeners how to say good night in Spanish, French, German and Italian. Even though the child may be too young to memorize the words, it is a good introduction to learning foreign words. By far, the best part of Tell Me How You Say Good Night was the photo array. The photographer caught the puppies in expressions which suggest feelings young children may commonly have. There is a Glossary of Good Night Terms in the back which denotes the correct pronunciation of each foreign language word so that the reader can teach the child listener the correct sounds. This is a sweet book and children will browse the pages just to look at the pictures.