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Sleep Time Stories: The Adventures of Pee Wee (Volume 1) Paperback – August 16, 2013

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Edward R. Ritvo, MD, Professor, Emeritus, UCLA Medical School. Prof. Edward Ritvo is an internationally recognized authority on child development and Child Psychiatry. He has authored medical textbooks and over fifty original research articles on Autistic Disorder and other childhood disorders.
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  • Series: SLEEP TIME STORIES
  • Paperback: 74 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1490332073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490332079
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,460,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I was growing up in the 1960’s, I had a particular problem. Despite being a very talkative young boy, I was constantly competing for attention with three sisters. And everybody knows just how chatty young girls can be. Thus, it’s probably no coincidence that my favorite children’s book was called, “Nobody Listens To Andrew.” It’s a simple story about a young boy who sees a bear in his bed, but is unable until the end to get anybody to listen to him. Because I was able to find a connection to young Andrew, it was incredibly comforting to me and helped me when nobody was listening to me.

A half-century later, experts know a great deal more about the crucial importance of children’s stories. In his “Preface” to Sleep Time Stories: The Adventures of Pee Wee,” Dr. Edward Ritvo, a retired Professor of Child Psychiatry at UCLA Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in the area of child development, explains the distinction and importance of “Sleep Time Stories.” Ritvo writes that unlike “Bedtime Stories” which might be read at night when many other things might be happening in the home, a “Sleep Time Story” should only be read when a youngster is “in bed, eyes closed and all ready to fall asleep”

Dr. Ritvo says it is during this pre-sleep period when parents can truly dedicate their full attention to their children that essential bonding and emotional learning can take place. He also writes about the importance of “providing a solid emotional foundation” for children in building their “sense of self-worth and their ability to give and receive love.” And Dr. Ritvo details in his preface about how best to use these depending on the children’s age and development.
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Written by Edward R. Ritvo, THE ADVENTURES OF PEE WEE is a collection of "sleeptime" (the author discusses the difference between a sleeptime story and a bedtime story in the book's introduction) stories about a tiny ant named Pee Wee. Pee Wee lives in a teeny-weeny little house at the end of a tiny street in an ant hill under a big house on top of a hill. He lives with his parents and has two ant friends named Butterball and Snowflake. Sometimes Pee Wee gets into trouble, but usually Pee Wee's adventures happen because he's trying to make a new friend or help someone out. THE ADVENTURES OF PEE WEE has seven chapters. Each chapter is preceded with an illustration and the narrative of each chapter begins the same way. The stories in this book are meant as "sleeptime" stories, so there are moments of action to do with children written in parenthesis, for example after asking the question, "Can you see it? (Wait for an answer.)" The book includes a short introduction from the author discussing how the book came about and why it is different from the typical storybook. The chapters in the book are:

1. Pee Wee and the Peanut Butter Sandwich
2. Pee Wee, Stuffed Baby Bunny, and Real Baby Bunny
3. Pee Wee and the Baby Brown Bear
4. Pee Wee and the Two Doggies
5. Pee Wee and Flippy
6. Pee Wee Finds Out How Mr. Rooster Wakes Up in the Morning
7. Pee Wee, Baby Bluebird, and Kitty Kat

The stories are only a few pages in length and a parent could read the entire book to a child during the course of one week. Pee Wee has some pretty amazing adventures and meet a huge variety of creatures, especially for being such a tiny ant. There isn't anything particularly outstanding about these stories, but there is a cuteness factor to them and younger children will probably be eager to listen about the different ADVENTURES OF PEE WEE.
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Edward R. Ritvo, MD, Professor, Emeritus, UCLA Medical School. Prof. Edward Ritvo is an internationally recognized authority on child development and Child Psychiatry. He has authored medical textbooks and over fifty original research articles on Autistic Disorder and other childhood disorders. Now he turns to another phase of child development - reassurance at bedtime with stories passed down through the family to reinforce both a sense of empowerment for a child, to encourage involvement with the reader and thus explore the idea of imagination and participation, and to hold closely to family tradition and history.

Pee Wee is a very little ant. In this collection of adventures he manages to engage his friends in situations that are at first fun, then challenging and finally, rewarding.

In PEE WEE AND THE PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH Pee Wee and his friends butterball and snowflake have an encounter with a peanut butter jar, delicious at first to eat spilled peanut butter, but when the person comes into the kitchen and retrieves the spilled bottle, Pee Wee and his friends end up in a sandwich placed in a school lunch box. They manage to escape and make their way back home on a floating on a leaf down the river. In PEE WEE, BABY BLUEBIRD, AND KITTY KAT in which Pee Wee hears a baby bluebird crying having fallen while trying to fly and manages to convince a kitty to don a bluebird costume to rescue the baby bluebird and place it back in its tree nest. On these stories go, never repeating except for Pee Wee, but the joy I the way Dr. Ritvo has written them - allowing pauses to ask questions for the child hearing the story and thus becoming involved. This makes bedtime stories therapeutic as well as very entertaining. Dr. Ritvo has accomplished his mission! Grady Harp, May 14
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