“If you don’t get enough sleep, your brain doesn’t have enough time to clean up,” Momma Bear explains to Little Bear in Daniel G. Amen’s children’s book, Time for Bed, Sleepyhead.
~ What ~
At thirty-two pages, this oversized hardbound with a front cover that has shiny colored accents targets children ages four to eight years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about falling asleep. With some complicated wording, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers. The beginning contains a warning note to adults regarding the hypnotic nature of the book.
In this quaint story, an all-white momma bear is putting her little bear to bed, explaining how important sleep is to the brain. She prompts the bear to imagine going to the beach with several of his friends. A tale is told about driving to the beach, playing in the sand, and swimming in the sea. The little bear and his friends take a rest and play some more. Although the gang is tired when they return home, they take a bubble bath and eat dinner before drifting peacefully off to sleep.
Our out-of-state three-year-old granddaughter loves a bedtime story, and this one she can look at the pictures by herself after the book is read to her. I like how the words are soothing, promoting resting, relaxing, and yawning, The colorful full-page illustrations are interesting yet calm with a carefree tone to them.
~ Why Not ~
Advanced readers may find the book sophomoric and childish; younger ones may appreciate the book more. I did not understand the page mentioning hearing something besides the sound of the mother’s voice that is a signal to be more relaxed, comfy, or sleepy; it sounded hypnotic, and a child may wonder what other sound is to be heard.
~ Who ~
Ten-time best-selling author, Dr. Daniel Amen, is a physician, adolescent psychiatrist, teacher, and storyteller who promotes visualization techniques to encourage and exhaust imaginations before sleep. Artist Yerrill has illustrated many children’s books as well as designed products.
~ Wish ~
With sleep as the goal, this book is calming and relaxing. I wish others were written based on imagination and creativity slowing the brain to shut down, especially in young children.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a soothing but engaging story about imagining a fun day at the beach with friends as you fall asleep, this one is a keeper for preschoolers who like to be read to at bedtime. Watch out as you may find yourself yawning after reading it like I did while writing this review.
Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for furnishing this complimentary book to read and review.
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