A Bedtime Yarn

A Bedtime Yarn

By Nicola Winstanley

Frankie is a little bear who has a hard time falling asleep. The dark is scary, and he hates to be alone. So his mother gives him a ball of yarn to hold when he goes to bed, and she keeps the other end in the next room, working it into a surprise for Frankie.

Every few nights the yarn color changes, and Frankie dreams in all the colors that he and his mother pick out. One night he’s swimming in turquoise water, another night he’s in a cool gray fog. He plays with a marmalade kitten and eats delicious chocolate cake. Eventually Frankie and his mother create something special–and Frankie learns that he’s always connected to those he loves, even when he’s alone in the dark.

Toddler Approved

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What a wonderful story!  I think almost every child could relate to being a little fearful at night.  Whether they are afraid of the dark or getting lost in their sleep, all children could relate.  As I read about little Frankie holding onto the yarn as he slept it reminded me of my little guy with his blankie.  Except for my little guy takes that thing everywhere!  The mother bear kept little Frankie anchored by being on the other end of that ball of yarn.  What was she making??  Scroll down and click on the book to find out!!

The People Behind The Magic

Nicola is an author and educator from Hamilton, Ontario.

Originally from New Zealand, with the accent to prove it, I immigrated to Canada in my early twenties to attend graduate school at the University of Toronto where I studied Shakespeare. 

After a lifetime of reading, I didn’t begin to write seriously until my first child was born. Generated by real experiences with my daughter and son, I sometimes describe my  first picture books as a “record of the creative act of mothering.” Now, when I write, I’m just trying to have a lot of fun!

Although mainly a picture book author, I also write poetry, fiction and comix for adults. These adult works, published in various literary magazine in Canada, are memoirs of my own, difficult childhood.

​As well as having multiple writing projects on the go at any one time, I teach learning skills and scriptwriting to first-year media students at Humber College in Toronto. ​I love animals (I have a giant cat and a tiny dog, and would squeeze more in to my little house if I could); walking in the rain; meeting new people; home-made bread; drawing comics; playing the flute; and most of all, my (big) children Audie and Sam and husband Chris.

The illustrator, Olivia Chin Mueller, graduated with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Besides illustrating, Olivia loves playing with her cats, raising silk moths and collecting anything cute! A Bedtime Yarn is her first picture book. Olivia grew up in the small town of Chester Connecticut, and now lives in Los Angeles, California.

Get Your Copy!

You can get your very own special bedtime storybook by clicking on the book below!

A huge thank you to Tundra Books for sending me this amazing book to review! To all my readers, make sure to get this one for your collection, and have a wonderful day!


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