Kate Middleton’s bedtime story for CBeebies

Kate Middleton’s bedtime story for CBeebies

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Saturday 15th January 2022

 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Kate Middleton’s bedtime story for CBeebies

The Duchess of Cambridge urges children to confront their fears and worries ‘with the help of others’ in her CBeebeos bedtime story, which will be broadcast today Sunday 13th February 2022.

Kate, 40, narrates one of her favourite children’s books, The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, by Jill Tomlinson, in the programme to be broadcast today.

The mother-of-three, who enjoys reading the title to children George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three, dressed down in jeans and a £179 Fair Isle Jumper from Holland Cooper for the TV appearance.

In a clip filmed in January at Kensington Palace to mark Children’s Mental Health Week, she says after reading the book: ‘Wow what an encouraging tale.

‘We can all feel scared sometimes, just like our little own friend Plop, but as Mrs Barn Owl said, it’s better to find out about the things that scare us before we make up our mind’.

‘And with the help of others we can often face things that worry us. Now it’s time for bed. Night night, and sleep tight.’

An important lesson: The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark tells the story of Plop, the Baby Barn Owl, who learns to overcome his fear of the dark through encounters with friendly characters.

Kate is following in the footsteps of A-listers like Tom Hardy, Suranne Jones, Dolly Parton and Captain America’s Chris Evans, who have all brought their star power to Bedtime Stories, much to the delight of parents watching with their children.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark tells the story of Plop, the Baby Barn Owl, who learns to overcome his fear of the dark through encounters with a host of friendly characters.

A picture shows Kate sitting cross-legged on a blanket in stonewashed jeans and a cream knit jumper.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark tells the story of Plop, the Baby Barn Owl, who is too scared to go hunting with his parents because ‘dark is nasty’.

Mrs Barn Owl sends him down from the nest to learn about the dark and he comes across a series of characters who show him how joyful the night can be, like a black cat who takes him exploring and a little boy waiting for fireworks to begin.

He also meets a man with a telescope and a scout out camping.

Plop sees how all of these fun activities can only be enjoyed at night and, with the help of his new friends, learns how wonderful the dark can be.  

The original 112-page book, published in 1968 was illustrated by Joanne Cole.

An abridged version published in 2001 was illustrated by Paul Howard.

Behind Kate as she reads, is a wooden den in which the familiar smiling CBeebies toy is hiding.

A starry backdrop has been put up behind her, as well as a cosily smoking fire pit.

There are also three stuffed owls, representative of her chosen bedtime story.

Kate is not the only royal to show an interest in children’s literature – in 1984 her father-in-law Prince Charles appeared on Jackanory to read his tale, The Old Man of Lochnagar.

The theme for this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is ‘growing together’, encouraging children and adults to consider how they have grown emotionally and recognising that trying new things can help people move beyond their comfort zones, while challenges and setbacks can help them to mature and adapt.

Kate, 40, chose her story to reflect the theme.

Plop, a baby barn owl who, although he has a large appetite and adventurous spirit, is afraid of the dark – unfortunate for a nocturnal creature – and refuses to go hunting with his parents. 

Mrs Barn Owl sends him down from the nest to learn about the dark and he comes across a series of characters who show him how joyful the night can be, like a black cat who takes him exploring and a little boy waiting for fireworks to begin.

At the end of the book he realises that the dark is not so bad after all. 

The original 112-page book was loved by the duchess when she was a child and she now reads it to her children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, an aide said.

Kate will read a shorter ‘storyboard’ version of the book, with illustrations by Paul Howard, today at 6.50pm.

Patricia Hidalgo, director of BBC children’s and education programmes, said: ‘I couldn’t be more proud to have the duchess read a CBeebies bedtime story as we mark the 20th anniversary of our CBeebies and CBBC channels.

‘It’s such a special and relevant tale and perfectly represents this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week theme. I can’t wait to see her deliver her own take on such a classic story and I’m sure our audience can’t either.’

Author Miss Tomlinson trained as an opera singer but turned to writing children’s books when she fell ill with multiple sclerosis. She died in 1976, aged 45.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark read by the duchess on CBeebies Bedtime Stories will be screened at 6.50pm on Sunday 13th February 2022

Jumper and jeans? Perfect for a yarn. Reviewing Kate’s outfit.

FEMAIL FASHION VERDICT By Dinah van Tulleken

What better choice for a cosy bedtime story than a nostalgic Fair Isle knit?

Relaxed, relatable but still a little royal. You can imagine the Cambridge clan donning matching knits and Barbour jackets for a yomp around Balmoral or along the beach near their Norfolk home.

It certainly conjures an image of a child snuggled up under each arm. Of course, this being Kate, her choice is a sign of her credentials as a style icon. This traditional knitted border design was also a hit on the catwalk.

Kate has gone for a £179 cream high-neck knit from Holland Cooper. Founded by Jade Holland Cooper in 2008, the brand started as a stall selling tweed miniskirts at the Badminton Horse Trials.

It’s not the first time Kate has been seen in one of Jade’s pieces – she wore a blue, green and purple tartan coat in Edinburgh last May.

It is, however, the first time we’ve seen her in stonewashed denim jeans. It’s a very relaxed look that works perfectly for the occasion. And though Kate traditionally favours a skinny jean, it seems this pair are a looser fit. What better for telling a bedtime story than ‘mom’ jeans?

TO ME – BRILLIANT!

I am particularly happy that Kate is reading ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark’ as it is one of my most favourite children’s books. To me it brings back memories of when our children were young and reading it to them. 

I have a particular fond memory of starting out to drive to Cornwall with the children in the back of the car at 2.00am on a dark August Saturday morning in the mid 1980s and having bought a new cassette tape of the wonderful Maureen Lipman reading this story. CDs were only just being invented and definitely not in cars.

Her reading was so entertaining and I remembered being awoken by the screech of Plop every now and again which was probably a good thing as I was the driver.

We probably played that tape six or seven times in that journey. But never tired of it. And I still have that tape. My prized possession, the first thing to save if the house catches fire.

TOP TWENTY FIVE OF THE DAY

Top 25 of the most surprising A-list celebs to have read the CBeebies Bedtime Story

No-one’s too famous to read to little tykes.

Essentially, no-one can turn this gig down. Here are just some of our favourites:

  1. Tom Hardy – ‘You Must Wear a Hat’
  2. David Hasselhoff – ‘Jack’s Tractor’
  3. Sir Patrick Stewart – ‘Wishmoley and The Little Piece of Sky’
  4. Isla Fisher – ‘A Big Day for Migs’
  5. David Tennant – ‘How High is the Sky’
  6. Guy Garvey – ‘Prince Cinders’
  7. John Simm – ‘Winnie the Witch’
  8. Stephen Graham – ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’
  9. Rosamund Pike – ‘The Big Splash’
  10. Simon Pegg – ‘Stanley’s Stick’
  11. James McAvoy – ‘The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet’
  12. Chris Evans
  13. Reese Witherspoon
  14. David Schwimmer
  15. Ewan McGregor
  16. Dolly Parton read Dog Loves Books and Stuck in the Mud.
  17. Dave Grohl
  18. Ed Sheeran popped up on our screens last year with the story I Talk Like a River.
  19. Ryan Reynolds
  20. Elton John he read The Dog Detectives: Lost in London,
  21. Orlando Bloom
  22. Mark Ronson when he read Rhyme Crime, and then followed this story with Pom Pom Gets the Grumps.
  23. Idina Menzel
  24. Rick Astley reading Show and Tell .
  25. Björn Ulvaeus (of ABBA)

 

REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

‘We can all feel scared sometimes, just like our little own friend Plop, but as Mrs Barn Owl said, it’s better to find out about the things that scare us before we make up our mind’. _ Kate on CBeebies Bedtime Story.

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…being asked to read the CBeebies Bedtime Story.

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

  1. I slept like a log during the night shift and I was axed when I awoke!

LOVE IS…

Love is…making key decisions together.

TURN…TURN…TURN!

A time to read the Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark… A time to listen to the Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark.

 

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

by Jill Tomlinson  (Author), Paul Howard (Illustrator)

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Egmont

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages

Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 – 5 years

 

Plop, the Baby Barn Owl, is like every Barn Owl there ever was, except for one thing – he is afraid of the dark. “Dark is nasty” he says and so he won’t go hunting with his parents. Mrs Barn Owl sends him down from his nest-hole to ask about the dark and he meets a little boy waiting for the fireworks to begin, an old lady, a scout out camping, a girl who tells him about Father Christmas, a man with a telescope and a black cat who takes him exploring. He realizes that through these encounters that dark is super after all.

Plop is a baby owl. Perfect in every way – except for one. He’s afraid of the dark. But he soon discovers, through a variety of new friends, that dark can be fun and exciting and magical.

©2022 Phil M Robinson