For parents in search of a new way to put their children to sleep, the answer may be in Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin’s illustrated bedtime story, “The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep.” The Amazon.com bestseller helps even the most resistant children snooze. Nora Krug, an editor for The Washington Post Book World, takes a look at Ehrlin’s mesmerizing methods in the book. Here’s what she found:
A new way of getting children to sleep
The book opens with instructions for how and when to recite its contents: “The child should use up excess energy before listening to the story.” As for the reader, be prepared to perform. The directions suggest a melodic recitation: Bolded words are meant to be intoned with forcefulness; italicized words are to be whispered. Readers are directed to insert a child’s name and yawn at specific moments. They are also asked to use their best “fairy-tale voice.” Kids are discouraged from looking at the pictures, which Ehrlin suggests would keep them from lying down.
As for the story itself, it’s a simple tale about a tired-looking rabbit named Roger (no connection to the one in the movie), who really wants to fall asleep but can’t. The floppy-eared bunny is led on a journey, where he meets characters such as Uncle Yawn and Heavy-Eyed Owl, all in an effort to get him tired, so very tired.
The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep by Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin