You’re getting sleeepy...
The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin
Penguin 32 pages R139 at takealot.com
Getting your baby or young child to sleep is a common difficulty for most parents – but there is help in the form of books. The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep was the first and highly popular in the book series. And now a second book in the series, The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep has arrived.
Like the first, it was written by CarlJohan Forssén Ehrlin, a behavioural scientist with a bachelor’s degree in psychology who teaches communications at a Swedish university. Sydney Hanson, whose work reflects a love for animals and the natural world and featured in the first book, also illustrated the second.
The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep has more or less the same formula as the first book, which is to make a baby or toddler feel calm and peaceful enough to drift off to sleep.
Words that need to be emphasised are in bold type, while those that need to be read in a soothing tone are italicised. The story allows the reader to insert the child’s name. And because yawns are infectious, the reader is given instructions about when to yawn.
Ellen the elephant is the kindest and bravest friend, and she wants her new young friend to join her on the other side of the magical forest to learn new things and, eventually, to sleep soundly all night through.
The story is calming and gentle, and the illustrations are beautiful, with tips at the end for parents on how to use the story. Even if you don’t use this book as a sleep aid, it still makes for a charming bedtime story.