[…] What makes a good bedtime story? [It] should have these common elements:
Familiarity: [A] child likes to have hints of familiar things. Maybe the dragon [in your story] has an annoying little brother or the kingdom has a grocery store just like the one your child has been to. […]
Length: Since one of the goals of a bedtime story is to help your child sleep, you don’t want the story to be too long. Kids like to see results, so falling asleep before the end of a story can frustrate them. […]
Variety: Every child has a favorite book or story and asks for it to be read or told time and again. […] However, you can slowly put new stories into the repertoire by compromising. […]
Plot: Many children like scary stories, but bedtime isn’t when they should be told. […]
Participation: As children grow older, they will participate more in the storytelling. Before they know how to read, give them plenty of pictures or use gestures and faces to illustrate your tale. […]
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. Did you hear bedtime stories as a child? Who told them? Did you like them? What were they like?
2. Have you ever told a good bedtime story to anybody? What story was it?
3. Make your own sentences with the words written in bold.