In Tuck Me In! by Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt it’s time for the animals to go to bed. One by one a whole menagerie needs your help to get ready to sleep – will you tuck in Pig, Zebra and Peacock? Each double page spread features one animal and their colourful blanket ready for you and your kids to lay over them – a lift the flap book of the simplest variety but pitch perfect for small hands just learning to turn pages.
And once all the animals are tucked up tight is there anyone else you can think of who might need tucking in? If our experience is anything to go by, your little one will be keen to join in and get tucked in themselves Getting your kids ready for sleep has never been easier with this beautifully produced, interactive book absolutely perfect for babies and toddlers (but also a surprising hit with my 6 year old who has adored acting it out with her own stuffed animals.)
The cartoon style pictures are cute and cuddly looking, the bold colours are eye catching without being garish. The physical production of the book is excellent – stiffer, shiny pages are easy to hold on to and turn even for little hands (they wipe clean easily too and will put up with quite a lot of rough love, or over enthusiastic tucking in!)
M and J were keen to create their own book along the lines of Tuck Me In! so first they painted pictures of the animals they wanted to include.
Then M made blankets for the animals – using large scraps of material the girls chose we made rectangular pockets, sewing the material right sides together and then turning inside out to create a mini duvet cover (open on one of the narrow sides).
We interleaved our pages of animals with their blankets and then I used the sewing machine to bind all the pages and blankets together (just like I did in this post). To cover the binding, I glued a broad strip of felt over the spine of the book. Then M set to writing the text inside, using the original text of Tuck Me In! as her guide.
Here you can see the felt on the spine – it worked rather well, giving the book and old fashioned sort of feel!
I already know that this is going to be one of those keepsakes I look back on in years to come and feel my heart glow a little!
Music we listened to whilst making our book included:
Other fun stuff you could try alongside this fun book include:
What books are your favourite for newborns? What toys did you own as a child that you liked to tuck in at night?