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Animals Don't Wear Pajamas: A Book About Sleeping

Animals Don't Wear Pajamas: A Book About Sleeping

by Eve B. Feldman, Mary Beth Owens (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
In her best bedside manner, Eve B. Feldman explains that though animals don't wear pajamas, snuggle under cozy quilts, or otherwise look like their human counterparts, they do know how to keep warm, find comfortable places, and fall asleep contented. Mary Beth Owens' exquisite watercolors depict all-kids and creatures-at their drowsing best.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- Feldman introduces 16 wild creatures from around the world and contrasts their resting places and techniques with those of humans. Children are shown being carried up to bed, read a story, and snoozing away in awkward, yet characteristic positions. Brief para?- graphs describe the animals' unique methods of repose; short explanations of their daytime behavior is appended. The straightforward text includes attention-getting facts, such as ``Sometimes, the octopus wedges a shell in front of the cave's opening as if it were closing a bedroom door.'' The illustrations present the biggest challenge for this book. Owens's impressionistic watercolor style leaves so much white space and subtle definition that many of the illustrations are indistinct and confusing. Whenever a white border, rather than a painted-in outline, is used, the image is lost in white. Many animals are very difficult to make out. The illustrator paints expressive faces of people and animals with powerfully deft skill, but viewers still can't quite figure out what's there. These would make fantastic posters, but are not great illustrations. Try The Ways Animals Sleep (National Geographic, 1983) for a photographic approach. --Jacqueline Elsner, Athens Regional Library, GA

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Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
10.35(w) x 8.31(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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