|Sweet Dreams and Morning Surprises
“Tonight is a special night and you are warm and snug.
You sipped your final drink and you gave us your nightly hug.
I sit here by your bedside and I hold you in my arms,
as I tell you of the Sleep Fairy and all her special charms.”
Many parenting books now suggest rewarding and praising as a
way to cast an obedience spell over your children. While
children do seem to have minds and motivations all of their own,
there are times when authors think up the most creative
solutions to everyday conundrums.
In sharp contrast, the most uncreative solutions include
ideas like: “Putting your children to bed and letting them cry
themselves to sleep.” Sounds fun for the children, doesn’t
This book is much more creative. Janie Peterson is a Child
behavior specialist who presents a fascinating solution to the
“How do you get your kids to stay in bed once they are
Not only does this book contain a magical formula for getting
your children to stay in their own beds, it appeals to your
child’s magical inner world. That place where they dream,
imagine and wish. Positive rewards work well for other
“teaching” moments and so Janie Peterson imagined they would
also work well at bedtime.
Now, if there it a Tooth Fairy, why shouldn’t there be a
Years ago, Janie and Roger Peterson discovered a delightful
Sleep Fairy who helped them teach their children to stay in bed
at night. Since then, they have shared this magical solution
with other parents who then learned how to sprinkle a little
fairy dust themselves.
So who is the Sleep Fairy? Well, you of course. It is a job
that has the rewards of: no whining, no tantrums, no arguing, no
crying and no begging.
The Sleep Fairy simply stocks up on a collection of small
treats children enjoy. It could be as simple as a bookmark,
sticker, ribbon, piece of candy or a tiny toy.
The author suggests that you read this story every night when
you first start to put this idea into action. Once your children
are staying in bed, the sleep fairy then visits them quite often
for two weeks. After this, you phase out the routine and tell
your children the Sleep Fairy will only be an occasional
The story itself has been designed in vivid colors and the
text is warm, snuggly and often rhymes. Molly and Katie are the
two girls in the story. They get ready for bed and brush their
teeth. After Dad reads a bedtime story, Mom tucks the girls into
be and Mom and Dad tiptoe out of the room.
“Minutes Later” Molly climbs out of bed and asks for
another drink. Then Molly and Katie beg for another story. When
Mom and Dad say: “GO BACK TO BED,” the two girls unhappily
return to sleep.
There had to be a better solution, so the next night Dad
reads a “magical story.” He tells Molly and Katie about the
Sleep Fairy and suddenly going to bed and sleeping is much more
fun. As Molly and Katie snuggle into bed, they have happy dreams
and don’t get out of bed.
The next morning both girls find a tiny lovable doll.
Reading “The Sleep Fairy” is a ingenious way to encourage
your children to magically remain in bed. This book has been
proven to substantially reduce children’s bedtime problems and
Destined to become a Classic Bedtime story. Finally parents
can enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep too!
~The Rebecca Review
The Waterfall's Gift
Story of Discovery, January 24, 2005
Far above me, there are cliffs
of dark wet rocks that almost touch the sky.
From these cliffs the water leaps
downward, tumbling and foaming,
to melt into the wide green pool below.
Richard Jesse Watson's illustrations are the highlight of this
poetic journey into nature. Page after page of stunning artwork
mingles with a story of a girl in search of her past. She thinks
about her grandfather building a small cabin in the woods and
family trips when the days get long and hot. There are pictures
of her family journeying northwards to seek out treasures. She
watches hawks circling in the sky and finally they arrive at the
cabin and push open the windows.
Soon, the adventurous girl finds her way into a forest filled
with animals hiding at the edge of the pages and finally runs to
the stream where she dangles her toes in the water.
After eating "pawfuls" of berries, she wanders to the
magnificent waterfall and then climbs to warm rocks sprinkled
with sunlight. She meets an otter and then starts to walk home
as the sun hides in the trees. When she returns to the cabin she
looks up at the clouds and imagines they look like a dragon.
I love the art in this book and this book will definitely
inspire trips into nature. The Waterfall's Gift is filled with
nostalgia, wonder and an appreciation for nature.
~The Rebecca Review