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
     
 

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Mother deer tuck their fawns in for the night; sea otters wrap themselves up in a blanket of seaweed to avoid being carried away by the tides. This delicately illustrated and informative sleepy-time book gives children insight into what 16 different animals do at bedtime. Full color.

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Mother deer tuck their fawns in for the night; sea otters wrap themselves up in a blanket of seaweed to avoid being carried away by the tides. This delicately illustrated and informative sleepy-time book gives children insight into what 16 different animals do at bedtime. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781623343569
Publisher:
Seymour Science
Publication date:
12/05/2012
Sold by:
Seymour Science
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
31 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Born in New York City, Eve Feldman spent her first few years in a small Brooklyn apartment on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Her family at the time included her parents, an older sister, and very nearly a goat (but that's another story).

Just before Eve's baby brother arrived, the family moved to the suburbs. Now a middle child, Eve entered a local elementary school and was met by enthusiastic teachers, eager classmates, and an innovative curriculum. All that combined with a lack of athletic skills, encouraged Eve to become an avid reader and writer. She did pause from her reading and writing long enough to play the violin poorly.

Speaking of her early affection for the written word, Ms. Feldman said, "I think it also helped that my father was an immigrant who loved America and the English language. He relished every new word he discovered and every single word that I wrote. My mother was the daughter of immigrants who didn't have the opportunity to learn to read and write until they were adults. My mother had studied Greek and Latin and was also a language buff. They both appreciated my passion for books, although I can still hear my mother saying, 'Stop reading for a minute and go outside!'

After high school, Ms. Feldman earned a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She spent eight years abroad where she continued to explore her love of language and languages. Her teaching jobs have included second grade, English as a second language in an overseas middle school, and remedial reading in two different languages.

Having written for the encouragement of her students abroad, Ms. Feldman returned to the states with a husband, a son and a strong determination to continue writing. She began writing children's books including humorous fiction and inventive non-fiction. Her books include the newly released BILLY & MILLY, SHORT & SILLY, which Kirkus described in a starred review as "A wonderfully playful introduction to language, rhyme and storytelling." Other works include ANIMALS DON'T WEAR PAJAMAS, an American Booksellers Pick of the List and NCTA CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children and DOG CRAZY, a nominee for the Florida State Sunshine Award. In 2010, one of her short stories will appear in a Candlewick anthology called I FOOLED YOU.

The Feldmans have two grown sons and two grandchildren (so many more stories!) When not writing, Ms. Feldman enjoys new and old friends, chocolate, laughing, and visiting schools to share her contagious enthusiasm for reading and writing.

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