Animals are Sleeping

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The rhythmic text and the rich illustrations in Animals are Sleeping make it the perfect nap time story or bedtime book. Its short, lyrical text provides fascinating information, such as location, position, and duration of sleep of animals living in different habitats. This book shares the interesting sleeping habits of animals that live on land, in water, and fly through the air. Each new verse begins with a quiet, “Shhh . . . shhh . . . the animals are sleeping,” that will help children drift off to sleep—just ...
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Overview

The rhythmic text and the rich illustrations in Animals are Sleeping make it the perfect nap time story or bedtime book. Its short, lyrical text provides fascinating information, such as location, position, and duration of sleep of animals living in different habitats. This book shares the interesting sleeping habits of animals that live on land, in water, and fly through the air. Each new verse begins with a quiet, “Shhh . . . shhh . . . the animals are sleeping,” that will help children drift off to sleep—just like the slumbering animals. The satisfying conclusion will have children reaching for this book again and again.

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4-6 pg For Creative Minds educational section in the back
40-60 pg cross-curricular Teaching Activities and 3 Interactive Quizzes available free on the book’s homepage
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
A poetic, sing-song text flows throughout the pages of this tantalizing book. With a flip of the page, it is clear how several animals—including the flamingo, sloth, groundhog, polar bear, clownfish, lizard, seal, koala, and elephant—sleep in their own habitat. Listeners will learn that some animals sleep while standing, hanging, floating, perching, and curling up, and also that some sleep quickly and some sleep during the night while others sleep during the day. In the end, a special animal, the human child with whom the listener can identify, sleeps peacefully in bed with his kitten. A pleasant, repetitive "Shh…shh…" plays to the interest of the listeners at different times in the text and makes this a perfect bedtime story. By the time the reader utters the ending words, "Good night, sleep tight," a listening child may already be doing so. Soft-edged illustrations are rendered in sleepy-time pastel colors. They enrich the beautiful text. Language arts, math, geography, and science are covered in sorting activities at the end of the book. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- While many picture books feature animals sleeping, either individually or in mother/child pairings, this title takes the concept a step further. Not only are the creatures shown in their natural habitats, but they are also depicted in their natural poses. The sloth is upside down, the giraffe is gently resting its head on a high tree branch, and the clown fish are tucked in between the gently swaying seaweed. The calming and peaceful text winds down to a "good night, sleep tight" conclusion with a little boy tucked into bed, his cat asleep at his side. The lush full-color illustrations continue the soothing effect of the text, casting shadows and layers without being too dark or too heavily drawn. Two concluding spreads suggest animal sorting cards and activities, including fill-in-the-blank types of questions that give just enough factual and interesting information to keep young minds engaged either in a classroom, during a pajama storytime, or at home on a caregiver's lap.-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934359105
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/10/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Slade is the author of over 80 books for children including Multiply on the Fly, What’s the Difference?, What's New at the Zoo?, and Animals are Sleeping for Sylvan Dell. Her works include picture books, biographies, as well as many non-fiction titles about animals, sports, and nature. One of her favorite parts of the writing process is researching and learning new things. Ms. Slade lives near Chicago with her husband, Mike, two children, and their tiny dog, Corduroy.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008

    A Beautiful Book!

    This quiet, lovely book by author Suzanne Slade is all the richer for its simple style and prose. The reader immediately relaxes with the first words, ¿Shhh¿shhh¿¿ Each page or double-page spread has a different animal showing how it sleeps. It also becomes a guessing game as the animals are not named in the text, yet there are sorting cards in the back to copy and match to each animal, naming them in turn. The illustrations by artist Gary R. Phillips have soft muted nighttime colors with a sculptural effect creating just the right tone for the sleeping animals. It makes you wish you could pick up each animal to cuddle. Because of the simplified text, this book would make an excellent early reader, so that reading and writing time can be based on this book as part of a larger unit on animal behavior. This exquisite book is highly recommended for ages 2 ¿ 7.

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