I was searching for a fun book, of which there are many out there, for a friend’s new baby girl when I came across “Sleep Time Stories: The Adventures of Pee Wee” at amazon.com.
It is a cute, well-written and well-Illustrated story of a tiny ant living in a tiny ant house on a tiny street. I was intrigued enough to do some quick research on amazon and google.
I learned that this lovely story was written by Dr. Edward R. Ritvo, M.D., an acclaimed researcher on autism and a retired professor of child psychiatry at UCLA. I learned a few other things that led to me buying this story:
- 1. 1. This book was Dr. Ritvo’s first venture into children’s literature.
- 2. 2. The book was written as a sleep time story as opposed to a bedtime story.
- 3. 3. The story of Pee Wee was first passed on orally from one generation to the author as it was first told to the author by his father in the 1930s.
Dr. Ritvo explains that a sleep time story occurs when the lights are turned off, the door is closed, and only parent and infant are in the room with the parent/caretaker’s full attention focused on the infant. The child then falls asleep in a comfortable happy frame of mind knowing he/she is loved.
This type of bonding between parent and infant can lead to a child with a very strong self-image who is destined to live a healthy, joyful, fulfilled and successful life.
So why wouldn’t I buy this book. I think you may want to also.