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Children's LiteratureThis compendium of pre-naptime rituals is designed to help parents and caregivers expand their repertoire from the "story and a song" routine. A follow-up to MacGregor's earlier Night-Night, this volume aspires to overcome kids' resistance to naptime and to reinforce the importance of good napping for preschool-aged children. Because of its focus on younger children's naptime needs, The Naptime Book relies on simpler stories and games than MacGregor's earlier book. It also offers games and activities that promote fundamental concepts such as color, numbers, and senses. The poems and silly songs included here are probably the least useful section of the book—why not use familiar Mother Goose rhymes rather than these new, hard-to-remember verses? Storytelling exercises that focus on the family (telling stories about the parent's childhood, for example, or well-known stories from the family history) can foster communication and closeness, even if sleep is not the ultimate goal. Many of the guessing games and quiet activities could also be used with great success on long car trips and on rainy afternoons. 2003, Conari Press, Ages Adult.