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 summer stories, for the 13 weeks of summer.
Kiddo the Koala
Kiddo is like most other Koala joeys but for one special distinction – Kiddo is very... expressive. When he is mad, he shouts. When he is sad, he cries. When he is scared, he shrieks and when he is happy, he laughs. His mother is like most koalas and is patiently present for him while he expresses how he feels and then holds him close while they both take a satisfying nap.
Malcolm the Chipmunk
Malcolm the chipmunk loves to snuggle. He loves it more than anything else. His parents, however, can't snuggle all the time. So Malcolm finds other clever ways to feel the hugs and squeezes he loves so much.
Mariah the Angus Calf
There is something curious and strange about the old horse named Magus - and all the Angus Cattle advise the calves to stay away from him. One calf, however, wonders why Magus seems to know things that the cows don't and how he can seemingly disappear and then reappear somewhere else. When she finally finds out Magus' secret, she realizes that anything the old horse can do, she can do as well.
Chip the Border Collie Pup
Chip loves his life in South Australia. He loves to sit with his brother Tucker and watch their parents tend sheep together. He loves the fields and the farmhouse and their little dog house next door. But what Chip loves more than anything is the young girl that lives in the farmhouse named Ruby.
Happy the Honey Bee
Right when Happy is about to become a forager bee and join her friends outside the hive, she receives the news that she has been chosen to join the new queen and swarm to a new hive. This is bad news at first, but when she meets some other worker bees her age, the disappointment turns to inspiration.
Simon the Mouse
While little Simon, the speckled mouse pup, plays with his friends in the kitchen of an abandoned mansion in town, he often looks toward the old butler's quarters. He is looking for his Aunt Hattie – and wondering what her adventurous life is like. And then, when he finally meets her, he hears stories about the big world outside the kitchen he has known his whole life.
Greycat the Kitten
Under the porch of a farmhouse outside of town, a litter of three kittens is born. The family that lives there adopts the kittens and the children name them Jewell, Tazmania and Greycat. At first the children aren't as interested in Greycat – but they are in for a surprise.
Goldwater the Turtle
Goldwater loves to do every quickly. Eating, cleaning, learning - everything is a race for him and this quality is starting to get on his family's nerves. That is, except for his great grandmother Sandlewood – she patiently watches her great granddaughter and then ... challenges her to a race. This story is about how doing things 'well' can have better results than doing things 'quickly'.
Sunny the Raccoon Kit
Sunny is a raccoon kit who doesn't want to go to bed because he is too interested in the sun. After many weeks of long bedtimes, his father finally takes Sunny on a morning walk to watch the sun rise – and Sunny is at once amazed and very, very tired.
Safi the Giraffe Calf
Safi and her twin sister Gwendele both want to stand and walk. When Safi decides that her legs don't work correctly because she isn't able to walk on her first try, Gwendele persists. By the end of the day Gwendele can not only walk but she can join the bigger giraffes for story time. When Safi sees this, she changes her mind and resolves to join the others.s.
Rama the Rhino Calf
Rama the Rhino loves everything about mud baths – especially how they make him feel invisible in the forest. One day, after enjoying a mud bath, he meets up with a real boy who luckily can't see him!
Winger the Wombat
Winger is excited about school – that is, until he learns that one of the classes will be about finding food in the garbage and composts of the town's people. He doesn't want anything to do with making messes and being rude, but he is surprised to learn that the class is quite different than he expected!
Maggie the Patient Cicada
This is a story about a kind Cicada named Maggie, who delights all the other grubs under her tree, while waiting patiently for her day to emerge.
This story explores the natural cycles of things, and teaches that everything has it’s own time and place. And it’s a story about patience for the great things to come!