Goodnight Little Bunny, Goodnight Little Duckling, Amanda Wood, MAGIC CAT PUBLISHING, ISBN 9781916180505;9781916180543, hardcover, each RRP $18.99
These two books are part of a series of simple bedtime stories for younger children.
Each main character is shown as a photograph of a young animal against a background of paintings and drawings that include creatures, foliage, water and all the other characters they encounter in their individual story.
Little Bunny is scared to leave her safe burrow. Her friend, Mouse encourages her to explore the world outside of her burrow, explaining that Little Bunny is fully equipped to handle anything she may encounter.
Suddenly Little Bunny is alone so she begins to practice all the skills she has: twitching her nose and hopping through the …spring grass and so on.
I don’t wish to spoil the rest of the story suffice to say Little Bunny ends up realising she can leave her safe burrow the next day and the day after because she is …very good at being a bunny…
Little Duckling is newly hatched and despite his mother’s warnings he leaves the safety of their nest when Big Duck goes off to find him some food.
Little Duckling encounters adventures along his journey to get back home, ending the story safe and sound.
I enjoyed the story of Goodnight Little Bunny to the Little Duckling. As well I thought the illustrations were more complex with the Little Bunny blending in better with the combination of photographs and painting/drawing illustrations.
Still not sure about this illustrative technique, preferring a better ratio, rather than just the main character being a photograph.