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I Don't Want to Sleep: A Story For Overcoming Fears at Night-Time - Book Review

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by Leiann Lynn Rose Spontaneo (subscribe)
Studied Political Science at Duquesne University. Highest Honors Graduate in Fitness and Nutrition from Stratford Career Institute.
Published June 13th 2020
In I Don't Want To Sleep: A Story For Overcoming Fears at Night-Time, by Elisa Anderson, her book begins with common fears of children, at night-time, which is sadness. Children often imagine scary things such as shadows and being watched. A teddy bear is often their only comfort. Afterwards, children find that these things are totally in their head. Sometimes children use visualization, such as colorful birds, gardens of flowers, oceans with dolphins and butterflies. Finally, they feel safe. Then, child and teddy bear may rest.


The plot in Anderson's book is a good way to calm a child down at bedtime. The pace is simple and brief. The action is illustrated so that a child may see that their fear is common and often silly. The characters are a child and their teddy which help a kid to believe the story. The theme to me is that often our imagination runs wild, often to scare for no reason. Yes, a child should be taught what to do if there seems to be something really wrong. If not, I think teaching a child to visualize like the way the book says is a good thing to do.

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