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A bright and colourful book, packed with illustrations. The story of Mia, a little girl who is afraid of the dark at bedtime. Her mum gives her a 'magical' idea to help her overcome her fear. She goes to bed each night and when the lights are turned out, she imagines lots of lovely things and soon overcomes her fears. I found the book a bit overlong in its message, and think it would be ideal to read a section each night, otherwise there is too much information for a child to process at one reading. I imagine this would be helpful in dealing with a child who has night fears, but it is a good story nevertheless.
At the end of the book there’s a summary of the different things featured in the book as well as questions to inspire discussion about the colours, animals and food included in the book. These could be useful if the book isn’t being read at bedtime.
Chris Woolfenden, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador
Is your child afraid of the dark?
Do they want to sleep with ALL the lights on?
If so they will definitely relate to Mia.
This is the perfect bedtime story for children who have a hard time getting to sleep.
Mia is afraid of the dark. This all changes when her mum helps her discover that she has powers of imagination that can fight the shadows and bring colour to her world.
Through a series of colourful dream adventures based around the days of the week, Mia is empowered to fight the shadows and overcome her fear!
The story explores Mia's relationship with her brother, George who at first teases her but later admits he is afraid of the dark too, asking her to help him overcome his fear! Their relationship develops into a close and loving one.
Positive messages of sibling love, forgiveness, understanding, empowerment, growth mindset.
Written by an English teacher, this book contains a vocabulary section at the back and questions that children can answer about the book and themselves, giving them opportunity for discussion and expression about the story!
- The days of the week
- The colours of the rainbow
- The names of the planets
- The names of flowers
- The names of fruit
- The names of jungle animals
- The names of fish
Free printables available to accompany the book on the author's website.
***Great for educational purposes***
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