Say hello to the fantastic four – Osito, Miu, Chanchito, and Conejo – not just characters, but die-cut buddies made from extra-tough, double-sided cardstock paper.
These four pull double duty, flaunting their playful awake side and their snooze-ready sleepy side. Decked out in eye-popping patterns, they're practically a fashion show on paper! Each character also sports adorable bedtime accessories like a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a comb, among others.
And here's the fun part: each character has its own cozy bed, thanks to clever slits on every page – a little bedtime puzzle where you match each buddy to their snug spot. This thoughtful feature transforms the story into an interactive experience, inviting kiddos to actively participate in the narrative. But before you tuck them in for the night, make sure to ask if they’d like un besito before they fall asleep.
Teaching a second language becomes a delightful adventure with Un besito y ¡a dormir! The engaging and repetitive narrative, coupled with interactive cutouts, creates an immersive environment for language learning. Research has shown that multisensory learning increases the likelihood of understanding and retention. As your little one follows the bedtime routine in Spanish, they naturally absorb new words and phrases, enhancing their language skills in a playful and stress-free manner. Spice up their learning by using words like "primero" and "segundo" to guide the bedtime routine's order, teaching them about sequence. Another way to extend the learning is by having your little one narrate the story using one of the characters, allowing them to use imperative sentences telling the characters what to do.
Empower your little one as they take charge of putting these characters to sleep, flipping roles and now overseeing the nighttime routine. This empowerment instills in them a feeling of ownership over their bedtime routine, making the process more enjoyable and rewarding. It's not just bedtime; it's a special routine where they're the ones calling the shots – and what kid doesn’t like that?!
Picture bedtime evolving into an immersive storytelling experience. Your little one doesn't just tuck the characters in but becomes the storyteller crafting imaginative narratives about how each character bids farewell to the day. They're not just listeners; they're the authors of their own sleepy tales. Enhancing the joy, creative decision-making shines as your child invents bedtime rituals and decides who secures the comfiest spot. This interactive process not only makes bedtime engaging but also fosters creative thinking and decision-making skills, turning the nightly routine into a delightful and imaginative experience.
Beyond the routine, a magical emotional connection forms. Your child builds a bond with these bedtime buddies, making the nighttime ritual more than just a routine. It becomes a heartfelt connection with characters who share their bedtime adventures, creating warm and fuzzy memories. As they take the reins of their bedtime routine, your little one goes to sleep not just with a smile but also with a treasure trove of stories, creative decisions, and cherished connections. It's bedtime made truly special!
As we explore the final pages of our book, a delightful surprise awaits – an empty bed. Patricia Geis masterfully invites your little one to add their unique touch to the bedtime narrative. Whether it's drawing themselves using a sheet of paper or, for the older ones, crafting a cutout to snugly fit into the bed, this interactive feature sparks the imagination. Encourage them to reflect on their own bedtime routine and think about the items that bring them comfort and joy. Prompt their creative minds to ponder: What items could they bring to their character cutout to make bedtime even better? Could they share their items with the characters in the book? This engaging finale not only nurtures language skills but also cultivates creative thinking, fostering a profound sense of personal investment in the magical world of storytelling where your pequeñín is the author.
Un besito y ¡a dormir! stands the test of time, continuing to be a source of joy and connection as your little one grows. The magic of the book transcends age. Even as my own six-year-old, soon to be seven, reaches new milestones, the enchantment persists. Its timeless appeal ensures that the joy of language exploration and the immersive nature of the book's bedtime routine remain cherished parts of our evenings. So, as you embark on this delightful journey with your pequeñito, may Un besito y ¡a dormir! continue to bring warmth, laughter, and sweet dreams. ¡Felices sueños!
Karina Batchelor is a proud Latinx mama from Miami, la ciudad magica. She's a longtime educator, writer, and creative who holds multiple degrees in varied areas of study. Her qualifications have seen her excel across the US and the UK in various sectors of the education and theatre industry. You can often find her with a cafecito in hand at the nearest library, her homeschooling cooperative, or at the theatre, where she works as a professional dramaturg.