It’s a simple story about Roger The Rabbit who really wants to go to sleep. In his quest he takes a journey with characters like Uncle Yawn, Sleepy Snail and Heavy Eyed Owl. Parents are encouraged to follow along, inserting a yawn or two when appropriate. The story itself is sweet . It’s simple to read and easy to follow. The narrator has a deep and soothing voice and I’m sure that some kids do fall under his spell and slip into sleep. I listened to the book several times and I must admit that the narrator’s voice is incredibly relaxing to listen to. My only concern was that, in his attempt to lull a child into sleep, the story is read at a snail’s pace, which could aggravate or lose some children.
The tactics which psychologist Ehrlin employs make good sense and are ones that any parent can use while reading a nightly bedtime story. And as many of you know, I strongly believe that every night should end with a warm bath, a good book and bed.
1. Select a “quiet” story like Good Night Moon, On The Night You Were Born or Little Bunny’s Bedtime.
2. Turn off outside distractions like the computer or television.
3. Snuggle into bed.
4. Turn the lights down low.
5. Depending on your child, consider adding quiet music.
6. Read your story using a quiet, even tone. Take your time.
7. Add a yawn or two and talk about how sleepy you feel.
More suggestions can be found in Bath, Book & Bed by Meriam F. Wilhelm