Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep by Kathy Stemke, Illustrated by Jack Foster
Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
May 1, 2011
Children’s Picture Book
Kathy Stemke has a passion for writing, the arts and all things creative. She has Bachelor degrees from Southern Connecticut State University and Covenant Life Seminary, as well as graduate coursework from New York Institute of Technology and Columbia University. Hanging her hat in the North Georgia Mountains, she has been a teacher, tutor, and writer for many years.
As a freelance writer and ghostwriter, Kathy has published hundreds of articles in directories, websites and magazines. She is a contributing editor for The National Writing for Children's Center and a reviewer for Sylvan Dell Publishing. As a retired teacher, Kathy has several activities published with Gryphon House Publishing. Kathy is also part of the team at DKV Writing 4 U.
Zachary has a new sister, Layla, who gets a lot of attention because she’s a baby. His mother frequently asks him for help. So, what he does is puts on a special pair of black-framed glasses that, in his imagination, turns him into a super hero so he can grab the diapers his mother needs. Then his sister is all taken care of.
Zachary then gets to read to his sister to help her sleep. That was easy, but when he takes her for a walk afterwards, disaster strikes as the wind blows Layla’s blanket off. Well, being a super hero, Zachary Lasso’s the wind so it can’t cause anymore mischief.
Then a thrush falls to the ground out of its nest. Layla is amazed when her brother puts the bird back into its nest again, safe and sound. One after another, events happen that disturb Layla’s sleep and scares her, and each time Zachary flies to the rescue solving the problem.
When the day is done Zachary discovers something about himself. Will his revelation give him strength to conquer life’s many challenges?
This story is filled with consonant blends hidden in a delightful story for young children who are just beginning to read. This 20 page picture book shows children that having a younger sibling can be fun and not an inconvenience. The illustrations are bold and bright which will catch even the youngest child’s attention.
What parents will love the most is the great activities in the back of the book to help children focus on consonant blend sounds. The author has created songs, games, and worksheets to keep learning fun and to help with blends that children will be learning about in school. These activities reinforce the words that will make learning blends easier to do. The activities can be played over and over again.