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Children's LiteratureThis book of bedtime stories, songs, and games was created to fill a perceived need for "bedtime activities other than reading a book." The result is a slightly uneven collection with some good ideas that are difficult to find due to a less-than-successful organization. For example, why is the activity that proposes having the child write a comic book in the section on "Soothing Games" rather than in "Sleepytime Stories?" Most of the included activities do boil down to storytelling in one way or another: having the adult tell the child a story from his or her own childhood, or taking turns adding details to a group story. Although some of the games and stories are too complicated or time-consuming to be a regular part of bedtime, many of the proposed activities—such as asking the child "what was the best thing that happened today?"—may soon become vital elements of the bedtime routine. With ideas for ages three to ten, this collection may also have utility for car trips (many of the games are variations on well-known travel games) and quiet rainy-day play. 2001, Conari Press, Ages Adult.