Did you ever sit at your child’s bedside and make up a story to help them learn an important life-lesson? Authors Dovi Weinroth and Chaim Walder do just that with their book Animals Speak. The book is filled with 19 stories designed to help children see the importance of self-control, not spreading rumors, dealing with anger and not becoming a victim of teasing or bullying. It opens the door for parents to talk with their children about what bothers them or what they are afraid of, and offers solutions or pathways for discussion. The characters in these stories are all animals with very human characteristics. They go to the library, drive cars, and even fly to the moon, but their problems are ones all children will identify with and the book. While a bit on the sugary-sweet side, Animals Speak offers valuable tips for parents to share with their little ones while sitting beside them during story time. If you have a child who could use the comforting support these stories might provide, then Animals Speak would be a great bedtime read for ages 3 – 6.
Marcia Berneger is a retired teacher who lives with her husband and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and second grade, as well as special education. She currently teaches Torah school, in addition to her volunteer work in classrooms, libraries, and with various fundraisers. She lives in San Diego.