Boy #4: What’s for breakfast in the morning?
Me: Pancakes. Why?
Boy #4: I just like knowing what I have to look forward to. Good Night.
I was reminded of that conversation and my smile in the darkness of a little boy’s bedroom as I read Good Night, Little Love by Laura Neutzling. Her comforting story about a tired little rabbit and his wise and loving mummy is accompanied by endearing illustrations by Anna Currey that bring to life Mother Rabbit’s tucking-in tale with watercolor and ink, sunshine and shadows, shimmering stars and a cozy bunny’s bed beneath a sheltering tree.
Who wouldn’t want to go to bed with visions of a wonderful tomorrow? Maybe one of the reasons that some children resist bedtime is that it feels so much like the end of everything. Good Night, Little Love is more than a board book bedtime story — it’s a primer for parents who want to weave tales of hope as they tuck their children in for the night. What friends will we see tomorrow? Will we skip stones and stop to smell roses like the little bunny or will tomorrow be full of library books and paint brushes? The play ground and a walk with the dog? A trip to the grocery story and guests for dinner?
Making plans for tomorrow gives a sense of security, an opportunity for whispered and loving conversation, and it also sets the stage for a bedtime prayer that acknowledges the sovereignty of God, that asks for His guidance and protection, and that thanks Him for all the good things that He has made and that we enjoy.
The sweetest dreams come to little people who know that they are loved — by their parents and by the God who made them. It is no surprise, then, that foundational truth can sound almost like a lullaby.
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