About Edward R. Ritvo
Dr. Edward R. Ritvo, M.D., is a retired Professor of Child Psychiatry at the UCLA Medical School who has written some 100 scientific articles and several books on autism and Asperger’s disorder. The author is board certified in psychiatry and child psychiatry, had a child development practice for many years in Los Angeles where he specialized in six areas – autism, child behavior disorders, childhood schizophrenia, depressive disorder, mental disorders, and developmental disabilities. He has written several scientific books but Pee Wee is his first venture into children’s literature.
What is believed to be a pioneering “sleep time” genre of children’s literature has been introduced by child psychiatrist Edward R. Ritvo, M.D. Dr. Ritvo, an internationally acclaimed autism researcher, shared a collection of sleep time stories shared with three generations in his family by publishing Sleep Time Stories: The Adventures of Pee Wee. The importance of this innovative children’s literature rests in the fact that sleep time stories promote bonding between the child and parent/caretaker which is a key foundation to developing a healthy child with strong self-esteem. “Sleepy time stories are powerful in that they convey to the infant that they are loved and are special to their parents who care enough for them that they devote this special experience each evening,” explains Dr. Ritvo.
Pee Wee the Ant is adorable. While my brand new human puppy is a bit young for sleep training, The stories are fun to read and call for the child to interact with you as you read. I look forward to when my daughter is old enough to answer me when I prompt her (Where do you think Pee Wee is going? Can you see his house?) and to follow along with the gestures the stories suggest (If you squint your eyes really small, you can see his house! Go ahead and try.)
The Adventures of Pee Wee is in that happy place between "This story is way too depressing to be a good bedtime story" (I love you forever, I'm looking at you.) and "That story was so exciting that now no one wants to sleep and mommy has to read her math textbook to get anyone to calm down" (Dr. Seuss is for the daytime.)
Star rating: 4 of 5, but with high expectations once Dear Daughter can interact with it.