Monday, November 30, 2015

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep: A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep by Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin

Are you struggling to get your child to relax and fall asleep at night? You might want to check out The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep which is written by Swedish behavior psychologist and linguist, Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin. This children's book was originally self-published and became a best seller on Amazon, was translated into seven languages, and is now published in the United States by Random House. The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep is the story of a rabbit named Roger who gets help falling asleep from Sleepy Snail, Heavy-Eyed Owl, and Uncle Yawn. Parents are instructed when to read slowly and when to emphasize certain words or sentences to help their children focus on relaxation and falling asleep. The author states in the instructions to the reader at the beginning of the book that "the content in this book is based on powerful psychological techniques for relaxation and that it is recommended that you read the story from the beginning to the end, even if the child falls asleep before you have finished reading." There are places in the story to insert your child's name along with Roger the Rabbit. This book is for children 3-7 or preschool-2nd grade. 
Just like on the side of a prescription bottle, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep comes with a warning to readers that the book may cause drowsiness and to never read the book out loud close to someone driving any type of vehicle! Try this bedtime story at your house and it just might become a nightly ritual. You are getting sleepy, very sleepy....

Some other picture books that would be great for bedtime reading are Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues by James and Kimberly Dean, Sheep Go to Sleep by Nancy Shaw, and Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! by Todd Tarpley.

Reviewed by Joan 

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