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Night, Night Safari: Farwell Fun with Furry Friends

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"Night, Night Safari" is a charming and delightful children's book designed to be a perfect bedtime story. Authored by Shakeema Funchess, it takes young readers on an exciting journey through the animal kingdom as they say goodnight to various creatures.

The story begins with the setting of a magical safari adventure as the sun starts to set. As darkness falls over the jungle, it's time for the animals to bid farewell and prepare for a peaceful night's sleep. Each page introduces a different animal with a creative and rhyming farewell phrase, making the book engaging and fun for children.

From the majestic lion to the graceful giraffe, and from the mischievous mongoose to the playful penguin, readers encounter a wide variety of animals in their natural habitats. The vibrant illustrations vividly capture the beauty and allure of the safari, bringing the animals to life in the imaginations of young readers.

As the story progresses, the rhythm and rhyme of the text create a soothing and melodic tone, making it an ideal choice for winding down before bedtime. The book's structure and repetitive phrases provide a sense of familiarity and comfort, allowing children to anticipate and join in with the goodnight greetings.

While bidding farewell to the animals, children will encounter delightful phrases like "see you later, alligator," "can't stay, bluejay," and many more clever rhymes that spark joy and giggles. These memorable phrases encourage a playful interaction between parents and children, enhancing the bonding experience during bedtime routines.

"Night, Night Safari" is not only a delightful bedtime story but also an educational tool. The book encourages curiosity and a love for nature, fostering a sense of wonder and appreciation for the animal kingdom.

As the story concludes, the final pages reveal a starry night sky and a cozy bedtime scene, conveying a sense of tranquility and preparing children for their own restful slumber. With its engaging storyline, captivating illustrations, and gentle rhythm, "Night, Night Safari" is a perfect choice for parents and caregivers looking to create a peaceful and enjoyable bedtime routine.

ISBN: 978-1-0881-6598-0


  • JUVENILE FICTION / Nursery Rhymes
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Beginner

Lexile Range: 210L-400L (Grade K-2)
Audience: Juvenile (Child 0-7)
Page count: 44

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Author's Biography

Shakeema Funchess is an inspiring author who is making a difference in the lives of young readers. She is a graduate of Saint Bonaventure University and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and pre-law. She minored in Arabic and Islamic Studies. Born and raised in bustling cities in New York, Funchess developed a love for writing and storytelling at a young age. After completing her education, Funchess began her career as a writer, focusing on creating stories that would empower and inspire young readers. She drew upon her own experiences as an African American woman to create relatable characters that would help children understand the complexities of the world around them. She is deeply committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in her writing, and her stories often feature characters from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Funchess is known for her dynamic and engaging artistic style, which is both educational and entertaining. Her stories often tackle difficult topics such as racism, discrimination, and prejudice, but always do so with a message of hope and resilience. She is also a dedicated advocate for literacy and education and has worked tirelessly to promote the importance of reading and writing skills among young people. She wants her books to captivate and inspire young readers, and she remains committed to creating stories that promote diversity, kindness, empathy, and understanding.

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