Whether it is during the long, active days of summer or the shorter, busy days of winter, sometimes our little ones need some help to slow down. The stories in Sparkle Sleepytime are simple, soft and slow, all told with the aim of welcoming young and old into a time of rest or sleep.
Each features a delightful young animal on a gentle adventure, and each ends with the animals snuggling into their burrows, nests or downy beds, ready to close their eyes and fall asleep.
This Series is perfect for nap-times, quiet times and bedtimes – or any time you want a particularly quiet and soothing story for your little ones!
ABOUT THE STORIES
This is a collection of 13 autumn stories, for the 13 weeks of autumn.
Lucy is so excited about finally flying South for the winter, until she finds out what that really means. It turns out the South is not across the lake or over to the mountains — but very very very far away. She gets overwhelmed until the chief goose tells her a story
Since Bartholomew Beaver was a very young kit, he always preferred working with the grown beavers rather than playing with the other kits his age. Recently, he has been more interested in the kits' games and fun, but he has had a hard time relating. "Listen" his mother tells him, "Beavers love to be listened to." He tries listening and is surprised by the results.
Goldie the Hawk
When Goldie flies with her mother and father high in the heavens, she does not see the beautiful sunset or the sparkling rivers or the leaping deer, she can only see hardship. She sees the bobcat that failed to catch her dinner, or the raccoon who fell into some mud, or the hummingbird who looks so tired. When Goldie's mother proposes they play a game where they point out things they see which are either encouraging and beautiful or discouraging and sad, mother and daughter start to have fun seeing things from each other's perspective.
Bonbon the Elephant
Bonbon is a model student in school — he does his best and is always polite. But when the elephant calf comes home, things are very different. He throws tantrums and fusses and can actually be rude. When his mother talks to his teacher about this, the wise teacher knows just what to do.
Little Hildy the Arctic Fox
Little Hildy is a happy, energetic arctic fox who suddenly gets worried when she notices that her father's fur is starting to turn white. When he tells her that this happens every autumn for all arctic foxes — including her — she starts to worry. Does this mean she is getting older? Does this mean that soon she won't be a pup anymore?
Kushka the Siberian Tiger
Kushka loves adventure. She wants to travel the world like her great uncle who traveled with the circus. She wants to see the ocean and the desert and green mountains and waterfalls. She decides to take herself on her own little adventure — to the other side of the mountain to find her renowned uncle. But when she accidentally gets lost, and then found by her uncle, she realizes that small adventures are adventures enough!
Rocco the Gorilla
Rocco's father is proud of his son. He loves how strong and big his son is and often shows him off to his friends. But Rocco does not like being strong and big. He just wants to be a kid. He wants to play and be silly. When he finally gets up the courage to explain that to his father, he is surprised (and delighted) by his response.
Serena the Manatee
Serena, like all manatees, is an expert dreamer. She spends a lot of time in "dreamland" as they call it, and every morning she returns to the waking world filled with a peaceful joy. Nowadays, however, the manatees have a particular distraction that challenges their ability to stay asleep and dream: curious humans. Serena luckily learns a technique that works, one that lets the distractions fall away and allows her to fall deeply and peacefully asleep.
Colum the Common Pigeon
Colum wants to go somewhere that no pigeon has gone before. He wants to discover a new land that has never been visited and he can't wait until he is old enough to go. When an experienced pigeon arrives in their coop from a foreign land, Colum learns that newness can be found in each moment, and exploring is all about what is new for you and only you.
Yasoda the Water Buffalo
Yasoda sees how the people of their village treat all the water buffalo with deep respect — and she misunderstands. Instead of seeing the innate gratitude that was being expressed, she only saw an opportunity to be served. This does not last long, however, for her mother has an important lesson on gratitude especially for her.
Tip the Wilson's Snipe
Tip wants to fly — to be specific, he wants to winnow, a special kind of flying that the grown up snipes are able to do. He tries and tries and finally his mother and father agree to teach him the first step — if he agrees to rest. "Rest is just as important as work," says his father — and Tip realizes that his father is right.
Celia the Bear
The only thing Celia loves more than sleeping is eating. She thinks about eating all day and then dreams about it all night. So when her mother finds some suet in the backyard of a farmhouse in town, Celia does something she should not do — she impatiently calls her mother to get more. This results in the two of them running quickly back into the woods and by the time they reach home, they are both very tired. Luckily her mother did get some suet and they enjoy it together before falling happily and deeply asleep.
Starlight and Sampson the Seagull Twins
Whereas most animals organize their day according to the rising and setting of the sun, a particular flock of seagulls organizes theirs according to the tides. Most of the seagulls in this flock enjoy this schedule, but Starlight does not. She doesn't like waking in the dark and getting to work. Lucky for her, their long days always end with her favorite activity — going to bed!