In each of these stories, a mother helps her little girl understand her fears at night.
"Shadows in My Room": Kayla sees shadows in her room that disturb her. Her mother answers all her questions about each shadow that she points to and helps her to calm down and go to sleep.
"What's That Noise?": Amber hears noises that disturb her, such as the wind and thunder. Her mother teaches Amber to use her imagination by turning something fearful into something fun.
©2013 Linda Weaver Clarke (P)2016 Linda Weaver Clarke
This was a wonderful audiobook for children about using their imagination to calm their fears. There were two stories. In each the parent teaches the child to use her imagination to help explain away her fears.
This audiobook was well produced. The narrator had a soothing voice and told the story in a way that would make any child relax before bedtime. The pace was perfect and unrushed. There were also sound effects to enhance the production.
As an adult I enjoyed listening to this book so I think that children will love it. In particular I think it is good for younger children who are apprehensive about shadows and noises before bed. It is definitely a book that will help to calm their fears.
I would like to thank the author/narrator/publisher for gifting me a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are unbiased and my own.
Absolutely! Here are several reassuring tales for anxious sleepers. I thought there were only 2 stories so was happily surprised when I heard more being told. They really address the worries both children and adults have about the dark, including fear of shadows, the wind, thunder, and the bizarre ability to deny being tired at bedtime.
I loved listening to the engrossing tales. The narrator Heidi Allred did all the sounds and used different voices for each character. The way the mother came up with suggestions for everything was impressive, and ones I'll try and remember if I need them later. I can't think of a night fear which wasn't covered in these short yet fun listens that can quite easily. These can easily be listened to one each night rather than all in one go. Unfortunately even knowing shadows are just shadows, having an imaginative mind can make nighttime a tricky situation, especially when wakimg from a nightmare, and Linda's book goes a long way to making sleep much easier for everyone.
All of them!
It made me smile at how soothing it is.
Hope Linda writes more like this!
These adorable children's stories were a fantastic break from the everyday. They were fun to read as an adult and ones that I would definitely read to my children. This will become a staple on our audio-shelves.
It combines sweet and educational bed time stories.
Smart bedtime stories are a treat both for children and the parents.
The chapter about the Thunder. The little girl was first scared, but after her mother explained the concept to her, the girl stopped being afraid .
I loved How Linda wrote the scene, the simple way she made of having the mother explain things. The use of imaginations as a way to overcome fears was done beautifully.
I liked all the stories. Loved the connection between the mother and child.
Linda Weaver Clarke's stories combined with a great narration by Heidi Allred make this audiobook a winner.
Really loving audiobooks, this has been the year of the audio for me. Huge booklover all the way around from romance to horror. :)
These short children stories were really cute and they are a fun way to explain shadows and noises. If you have little ones I think you will enjoy listening to the with your kids.
"Shadows In My Room & What's That Noise: Bedtime Stories" by Linda Weaver Clarke is a quaint duo of heartwarming children's stories for nighttime. In both of these stories, a mother helps her young daughter understand her night-time fears, including the proverbial "monster under my bed." While listening, I couldn't help but recall my own experiences as a little girl who would swear I saw ghosts in my window, when in fact it was just a shadow of the hallway light. To this day, I fondly refer to this ghost as my old friend. Linda Weaver Clarke's writing is much like that, very calming and like an old welcomed friend. To this day, I also love to sleep during thunderstorms, which is the point of the second story.
Heidi Allred did a great job narrating, which contributed to my enjoyment of this book. I listened to the Audible version of this book, which is also a children's picture book. I really hope Amazon makes it a Whispersync version as my daughters used to love to listen to books while looking at pictures before they learned to read. Even though I hope this book gets the full Whispersync treatment, you don't need the picture book to enjoy it.
My rating: 4 stars
Audiobook narrator Heidi Allred rating: 4.5 stars
I listened to this book with my 7-year-old, Olsen. He enjoyed this book and will write his review below.
I thought this was a fun little book, but likely would have been more fun with an illustrated copy of the book. I only have the audio.
There are three short stories in this book, even though the title makes it look like two. The stories are good but I am not sure I like the third story too much. Maybe it’s just my parenting style but I was always against kids sleeping in bed with parents (and maybe it’s also me being selfish, too!).
The narrator of these stories was really good as well.
Olsen’s rating: 4 stars
I liked these three stories.
Shadows in my room:
I liked when she saw the moving tree branch. This was fun to visualize. I liked when they thought there was an elf standing in their room. That was funny.
What’s the noise?:
I liked when they heard the thunder. They didn’t like the thunder. It was too loud. They pretended to sit on a cloud and watch fireworks in a parade. This was fun.
I’m not sleepy:
I liked when he tried to make his mother keep him busy so she would get distracted and not put him to bed. I liked that he wanted to get a glass of water so it would help him not go to sleep. He wanted to sing songs with his mom. He made her get him his Teddy Bear.
I would like more of these stories.
-- end Olsen’s review --
I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
This is a sweet little book about a child that is scared at night by different noises and shadows. Her mother comes to her and explains the noises as something fun, such as the moon and the stars playing a game and lightning as fireworks to celebrate. Its basically about using your imagination and turning something scary into something fun. I listened to the audio book with my two kids who are 5- and 6-years old. I think that they were really on the outer cusp of kids who would enjoy the book (but that could also be because my kids don't have those particular fears). I think that this book would be great for a 3- to 4-year old. But regardless, I really liked the message, and really, it can be applied to adults, too. The second story is about a boy who says he's not sleepy, so he doesn't want to go to sleep. What parent and child doesn't relate to that? These were really sweet and short - perfect for a bedtime listen.
This warm and fuzzy book of bedtime works for a fall asleep book for older children. However, the older child may feel it's a bit too young for them. For the younger child, the vocabulary is a bit high. The stories are sweet and the songs are nice. Warm and fuzzy, but it won't fit on the library shelf easily. It isn't a toddler book but first graders might like it.
Linda Weaver Clarke is an excellent writer and I find her mystery series to be light and easy reads.
Kayla's voice for the narrator is best. The narration was good considering the audience is difficult to label.
Nothing takes the place of reading to your children. However there are times when you can't and there are some children who take longer to wind down. My girls loved listening to record stories as children. They still remember them and I believe most books are worth your time.
Yes, I think that my cousins with young children would enjoy and appreciate it.
I actually haven't, this was my first. I liked it.
My favorite character was Kayla. I loved her voice.
Sure, I think that it would be a cute children's movie.
Cute, sweet read. It fell a little bit too much into gender stereotypes and the stereotypical family unit for me but that's just my opinion. Good read for children who are afraid for one reason or another to go to sleep at night. Narration was very good.
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