Are You Sleeping Little One

Are You Sleeping Little One

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by Hans-Christian Schmidt
     
 

Prepare little ones for bedtime with this whimsical book of simple rhymes and gentle, soothing pictures.

With lyrical rhymes, this charming board book describes the sleeping habits of over a dozen animals, including species both common and rare, from ducklings to sloths, bats to giraffes. With its gentle rhymes and sweet, soothing pictures Are You

Overview

Prepare little ones for bedtime with this whimsical book of simple rhymes and gentle, soothing pictures.

With lyrical rhymes, this charming board book describes the sleeping habits of over a dozen animals, including species both common and rare, from ducklings to sloths, bats to giraffes. With its gentle rhymes and sweet, soothing pictures Are You Sleeping, Little One? is the perfect way for little ones (and parents!) to end the day.

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.)
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Praise for Are You Sleeping, Little One?

“Tailor-made to send kids off to bed…Lilting, hypnotic quality…Friendly, calming details…” — Publishers Weekly

"…a charming board book to read to your child at bedtime." — Indendent Online Booksellers Association

"A charming story with truly adorable illustrations of adult and baby animal pairs." — It’s Fundamental: Children’s Book Reviews from a Preschool Teacher

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789211200
Publisher:
Abbeville Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/26/2012
Pages:
18
Sales rank:
1,157,483
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
1 - 4 Years

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Excerpt from Are You Sleeping, Little One?

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?

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 One 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Are You Sleeping Little One? by Hans-Christian Schmidt and Cynthia Vance and Illustrated by Andrea Nemet is a children's book about different animals and how they sleep. Perfect for babies and toddlers. "Are you Sleeping little One?" takes us into the world of you and me and a whole lot of animals and their sleeping habits . This is a cute story and easy to read. Are you sleeping Little One has cute illustrations and the text is presented in a lovely rhyming manner which can grasp the child's attention. Are you Sleeping Little One? is a great book for parents who are wanting to encourage their children to go to bed. It could also be read to encourage the names and sounds the animals make, but there are some unfamiliar animals such as a sloth that might be a little difficult. I definitely recommend this book for all family libraries. ARC graciously provided by Abbeville Kids via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
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