Friday, September 16, 2016

Time for Bed, Sleepyhead

Doesn't the cover of this book look inviting?  I love the soft background colors and cuddly animals.  Today I would like to share with you Time for Bed, Sleepyhead The Falling Asleep Book written by Daniel G. Amen, M.D. and illustrated by Gail Yerrill.

About the book:
Ten-time New York Times bestselling author and child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen teams up with artist Gail Yerrill to create a book that helps facilitate sleep. Time for Bed, Sleepyhead pairs whimsical illustrations with storytelling techniques to tire your child’s imagination in order to help them settle down at bedtime and fall asleep. Read aloud the story of little bear and his friends as they have a big day at the beach, then return home to eat dinner, take their baths, and head to bed, falling gently to sleep alongside your little one.

My thoughts:
I found the illustrations to be just beautiful.  They are definitely a "plus" for me regarding this book.   I did not read this to my child to see if it would help him fall asleep, and I laughed when I read the warning in the introduction from the author to not read this to a child in the car because it could have "unintended, negative effects on the driver."

The story was different from other books because it is a made up story being told by the mother bear to her little bear about a day he has at the beach with friends. They beach creates a comforting, fun, safe setting for the bear and friends to be. They all end up very tired after their long day.  Many "sleep related words" are used like tired, yawn, falling asleep, drifting off, snoring, etc. This all leads to the bear being ready to fall asleep.

For me this is not the best children's book I ever read. It is a nice book, but I probably would not buy it myself. I guess it did not flow well for me because of the randomness of some parts.

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Have a day of blessings!

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