108th Sheep

108th Sheep

by Ayano Imai
     
 

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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

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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.

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Publishers Weekly

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.)

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
Simple illustrations allow the story to take center stage in this book about Emma's interrupted night's sleep. Emma just cannot get to sleep, even after reading lots of books and drinking warm milk. When she decides to count sheep, she believes she will be asleep before counting to ten. Well, 107 sheep later, she is still wide awake, and hears a thump on her headboard—the 108th sheep. 108 just cannot jump high enough to clear the headboard and if 108 cannot make it, none of the sheep can get any sleep and they are all so tired! It is such a dilemma for one small sheep. Try as 108 might, he falls short every time. By now the remainder of the flock is getting restless until Emma comes up with a fool proof plan. Find out just how Emma's plan works, and if she and the other sheep can finally get some sleep. Though lacking vibrant colors, Imai's use of each page with Emma or sheep peeking in on each spread entice us to step inside the book. Lovers of sleep and lovers of sheep will flock to this book with its calming, gentle, and peaceful story. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young
School Library Journal

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, CT

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589254206
Publisher:
ME Media, LLC
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
AD560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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