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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.

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