This book's hefty format (12"x12") seems to work against the small, quiet story within its covers. Emma, a dark-haired, rosy-cheeked girl, stars in pictures framed with a wine-colored outline and wide border. She decides to count sheep in order to fall asleep one wakeful night, and newcomer Imai depicts the animals high-jumping over the heroine's headboard. The creatures, whose numbers appear on their fleece like football jerseys, burst through the pictures' frames and onto the opposite side of the spread. Emma makes it to 107, then hears a "thud." Sheep 108 is too small to clear her headboard, and various schemes to help him make the vault fail. " 'This is a big problem,' said the 109th sheep, pushing forward. 'If 108 doesn't jump over your bed, Emma, then none of us can get any sleep.' " At last resourceful Emma finds a solution. Most of the book's creative energy is visual, as the animals behave in endearingly un-sheep-like ways. Despite all the activity, Imai maintains a sleepytime atmosphere with lots of soft, smoky shading and a peaceful gray-cream-pink color scheme. Ages 3-7. (Mar.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
108th Sheepby Ayano Imai
Emma can't sleep a wink, so she tries counting sheep. She thinks she should surely be asleep by the count of ten but she reaches 100 and then something mysterious happens the 108th sheep is a no show. Find out why in this whimsical bedtime story for ages 3-7. See more details below
Emma can't sleep a wink, so she tries counting sheep. She thinks she should surely be asleep by the count of ten but she reaches 100 and then something mysterious happens the 108th sheep is a no show. Find out why in this whimsical bedtime story for ages 3-7.
PreS - Gr 2 - Emma decides to count sheep to help herself fall asleep, but by the time she gets to 10, she doesn't nod off. In fact, she is still counting when sheep number 108 fails to clear her headboard and thuds to the floor. This creates a dilemma for those that follow, since they can't get any shut-eye until 108 succeeds. Emma eventually comes up with a solution that allows them all to get their well-deserved rest. The book's oversize format allows the drawings to be framed in a rectangular box that resembles the headboard of Emma's bed. Soft, muted pencil drawings on cream-colored paper and pillow-shaped sheep give the book a calming atmosphere, and the ribbed paper adds a comforting texture. Though not a first purchase, this is a satisfying addition to collections in need of quiet bedtime stories.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CTCopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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