On the back of the box Magsamen recalls what it was like when she was a kid and how important certain familiar routines are to getting off to a good night's sleep. First it is the facts--we need to sleep and Magsamen tells us why and about the sleep cycle. Light prevents the production of melatonin, and melatonin is what makes us feel sleepy. After the introductory facts there are stories and then some real life examples of interactions between parents and children. The book ends with a description of an activity using the materials that come with the book (Sleepy Star Pillow, lavender filled), foods that help you sleep and why, a bedtime checklist, and a bibliography of other books both fiction and nonfiction about sleep. There is a CD of sleepy time music, and the box can be used to hold anything you want. For some parents anything that makes bedtime easier and more enjoyable may be worth a try. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
FamilyStories: Nighty Nightby Susan Magsamen
Family activity: personalize a lavender-scented
Start by finding out why your body needs sleep (and how much). Share classic fairy tales, each chosen for its sleepy theme and written in an easy-to-read format that invites participation. Discover how legions of families have perfected (or at least learned to cherish) the art of getting a child to bed at night.
Family activity: personalize a lavender-scented pillow, and enjoy soothing bedtime music on a 60-minute CD.
Meet the Author
Susan Magsamen is the president and CEO of FamilyStories. She is a leading expert in creative play and hands-on experiential learning, has collaborated with many arts, educational, and cultural organizations and is the Chair of Wondertime magazine editorial advisory council, a new national publication for families.
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