Are You Sleeping Little One

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Overview

Introduce young children to how baby animals sleep with this whimsical board book. With lyrical bedtime rhymes, it describes the sleeping habits of over a dozen animals, including species both common and rare, from ducklings to sloths, bats to giraffes! Its gentle rhymes and sweet, soothing pictures are the perfect way for little ones to end the day.

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Overview

Introduce young children to how baby animals sleep with this whimsical board book. With lyrical bedtime rhymes, it describes the sleeping habits of over a dozen animals, including species both common and rare, from ducklings to sloths, bats to giraffes! Its gentle rhymes and sweet, soothing pictures are the perfect way for little ones to end the day.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
First published in Germany, this comforting bedtime rhyme is tailor-made to send kids off to bed. Schmidt’s loosely rhymed couplets are repetitive in their structure, giving the book a lilting, hypnotic quality: “Are you sleeping, little puppy,/ Dozing on paws soft and fluffy?/ Are you sleeping, little caterpillar,/ Crawling in a peapod after dinner?” Nemet’s anthropomorphized parent-child animal pairs snuggle together in the moonlight (well, except for the owls) in scenes filled with friendly, calming details. Ages 2–4. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews
Animal parents lull their offspring to sleep in this uneven German import. Each dyad, from a giraffe and its calf to a duck and a duckling, is featured on its own page and paired with a rhyming couplet. The final duo is a human mother and child snuggled up together. While it has a soothing cadence, the translated verse is often forced. Some lines are delightful: "Are you sleeping, little puppy, / Dozing on paws soft and fluffy?" Others are stiff: "Are you sleeping, little flamingo, / Balancing on one leg under soft moon glow?" Német's gentle paintings, in what looks to be watercolor, are appropriately cozy, but the pages seem jammed together and don't flow across the page-spreads. Particularly jarring is the image of the kangaroo and joey in the dry Outback jutting up against the watery picture of a fish and its little one. This feels like a paler knock-off of Mem Fox and Jane Dyer's classic Time for Bed (1993) or Diane Muldrow and Jui Isida's more recent Somewhere So Sleepy (2010). The animal-babies-at-bedtime format has been done before with better success. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789211200
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Pages: 18
  • Sales rank: 716,639
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Hans-Christian Schmidt and Andrea Nemet have collaborated on many children's books, including When a Coconut Falls on your Head and Five Little Sleepyheads.

Cynthia Vance wrote Red, Yellow, Blue, and You (My First Colors) and edited Everett, the Incredibly Helpful Helper, both published by Abbeville Press. She lives in New York.

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Are you sleeping, little pink flamingo,
Balancing on one leg under soft moon glow?

Are you sleeping, little duckling,
tucking your bill under one wing?

And are you sleeping, my little one,
cuddling with me when the day is done?

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

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    Are You Sleeping Little One? by Author: Hans-Christian Schmidt

    Are You Sleeping Little One? by Author: Hans-Christian Schmidt and Cynthia Vance
    Illustrated, very colorful children's book that shows a mother with her young infant animal. There are the typical animals and the
    not so typical making it a bit unique in that this is a book for children all around the world. Words are easy for the young
    ones who are just starting out to read. This is one of the better books i've read that shows the pairs.
    SBN: 9780789211231

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