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Animals Asleep

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The average human sleeps a total of twenty-four years over a lifetime. That’s a lot of naps! Yet people aren’t the only ones who enjoy a good rest; if you look around, you’ll find that all animals have a biological need for sleep. But some animals snooze in ways that we would find startling—if not absolutely impossible. A sooty tern, an island bird, takes a nap in midair as it slowly flaps its wings. A fruit bat gets forty winks while hanging upside down from a tree branch. A bottlenose dolphin can put half of ...

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Overview

The average human sleeps a total of twenty-four years over a lifetime. That’s a lot of naps! Yet people aren’t the only ones who enjoy a good rest; if you look around, you’ll find that all animals have a biological need for sleep. But some animals snooze in ways that we would find startling—if not absolutely impossible. A sooty tern, an island bird, takes a nap in midair as it slowly flaps its wings. A fruit bat gets forty winks while hanging upside down from a tree branch. A bottlenose dolphin can put half of its brain to sleep while it continues to swim. What other remarkable methods of sleep exist?

Provides a look at the many different ways in which animals sleep, from a snoozing orangutan to a sleeping whale, as well as facts about each animal pictured.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This picture book presents the sleep behaviors of a wide variety of creatures from all over the world. The appealing watercolor illustrations consist of single- and double-page paintings. . . . A solid offering for nature lovers." School Library Journal

"Collard discusses the mysteries of sleep in invertebrates with a disarming readiness to admit that scientists don't have all the answers. McGrory's paintings offer graceful, well-composed depictions of beasts, birds, and butterflies in a series of beautifully lit settings." Booklist, ALA

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Sea otters sleep in a kelp bed, wrapped in rubbery seaweed to keep them in place. Sooty terns sleep in the sky as they fly over tropical seas. Colonies of fruit bats sleep upside-down during the day. Some animals asleep on their stomachs, and some sleep on their backs. Some animals asleep together, like fruit bats, and some sleep all alone. Children, who are famous for being difficult at bedtime, will find the sleeping patterns of animals fascinating. Dreamy illustrations showcase how some of nature's creatures get their 40 winks. Readers will learn that, although sleeping habits are diverse, humans and animals all need sleep to rest their bodies and minds. Not much is known about the sleep of invertebrates—animals without backbones. Research indicates that they seem to have resting periods each day. But no one can say with certainty that clams, worms, etc. really go to sleep. The author has selected an interesting cross-section of animals to feature in this picture book. The text treats this subject with science, humor, and insight. Hopefully, the message about the importance of a good night's sleep will make its mark on the intended audience! 2004, Houghton Mifflin Co, Ages 5 to 9.
—Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-This picture book presents the sleep behaviors of a wide variety of creatures from all over the world. The appealing watercolor illustrations consist of single- and double-page paintings. Soft, pastel backgrounds cradle brighter hues, bringing into focus each animal as it takes a nap, hibernates, or sleeps. The large-print text uses general terms to describe the different ways and places that these animals rest, while paragraphs written in smaller type delve into more details about each species. Though the entries are brief, the information is clearly presented. Readers learn how orangutans weave a sleeping nest, mother pandas nap with their babies, and sea otters "sack out in a nearby kelp bed." There are some interesting tidbits: the bottlenose dolphin rests half its brain while the other half navigates the deeps, and the sooty tern dozes in flight. The author also explains that scientists don't really know much about the rest habits of invertebrates, such as giant clams. A solid offering for nature lovers.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"Most of us need sleep," begins a journey through the animal world and a look at how, when, and where different animals get their rest. Simple text in large type heads each page, while an in-depth paragraph about the featured animal follows in a smaller font-the perfect format for capturing both the younger and older reader. Reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, and even an invertebrate are all represented, from the familiar cat, dog, and butterfly, to the more exotic tapir, tawny frogmouth, and anolis lizard. Just a few fascinating facts: sooty terns can sleep in midair; before dozing off the parrotfish covers itself with a kind of mucus sack that protects it from predators; and a dolphin puts one half of its brain to sleep at a time, allowing it to still swim, breathe and keep a lookout. The only disappointment is the lack of specific vocabulary-hibernation, nocturnal, and diurnal are words just begging to be introduced. Softly colored, detailed watercolor paintings enhance the text, bringing the animal and its habitat to life for the reader. Good for bedtime, too. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618276974
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/23/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

www.homestead.com/anikmcgrory

Sneed B. Collard III has written more than fifty books for young people. In 2006, he received the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for his body of work. He lives with his family in Montana.To learn more about Sneed B. Collard III, visit www.sneedbcollardiii.com.

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