Astronauts Are Sleeping

Astronauts Are Sleeping

by Natalie Standiford, Allen Garns
     
 

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Illustrated in full color. Inspired by a description of astronauts asleep aboard the Space Shuttle, ASTRONAUTS ARE SLEEPING is a bedtime book that is at once a reverie and a visual tour de force. A bright, eager voice describes three sleeping astronauts whizzing around the earth in a space capsule and asks the thought-provoking question "What do the astronauts see in… See more details below

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Illustrated in full color. Inspired by a description of astronauts asleep aboard the Space Shuttle, ASTRONAUTS ARE SLEEPING is a bedtime book that is at once a reverie and a visual tour de force. A bright, eager voice describes three sleeping astronauts whizzing around the earth in a space capsule and asks the thought-provoking question "What do the astronauts see in their dreams?" Magnificent pastels by Allen Garns show planets that are breathtaking, astronauts who are alive, and a galaxy that is lush, deeply textured, and beautiful to look at. And happily, readers do discover what the astronauts are seeing in their dreams: they are seeing their homes on earth and memories of their happy childhoods.|

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Glowing planets suspended against the dark night skies of deep space set the stage for this dreamy picture book. In hushed, poetic phrases, Standiford (The Bravest Dog Ever: The Story of Balto) muses on what a trio of astronauts might see in their dreams ("Are they dreaming of the stars,/ Monstrous fires in blackest ink/ Clustered into galaxies?"), settling finally on visions of their childhoods on earth-a day at the beach, a walk in the woods, a snack by the fire as snow falls outside the window. The tranquil cadences of the elegant prose cast a hypnotic spell ("The whirling planets spin and hum/ And rock the astronauts to sleep"); coupled with the luminous pastels, the result is magical. Garns (Gonna Sing My Head Off!) makes exceptional use of space, and his generous, uncluttered sweeps of color and light have the effect of making the pages seem larger than they are. In one scene, the astronauts float beneath a trio of planetary orbs while stars twinkle in the distance; the depth of field is extraordinary, and gives readers the feeling that they, too, are drifting through the night. A stellar send-off for the slumber-bound.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Glowing planets suspended against the dark night skies of deep space set the stage for this dreamy picture book. In hushed, poetic phrases, Standiford (The Bravest Dog Ever: The Story of Balto) muses on what a trio of astronauts might see in their dreams ("Are they dreaming of the stars,/ Monstrous fires in blackest ink/ Clustered into galaxies?"), settling finally on visions of their childhoods on earth-a day at the beach, a walk in the woods, a snack by the fire as snow falls outside the window. The tranquil cadences of the elegant prose cast a hypnotic spell ("The whirling planets spin and hum/ And rock the astronauts to sleep"); coupled with the luminous pastels, the result is magical. Garns (Gonna Sing My Head Off!) makes exceptional use of space, and his generous, uncluttered sweeps of color and light have the effect of making the pages seem larger than they are. In one scene, the astronauts float beneath a trio of planetary orbs while stars twinkle in the distance; the depth of field is extraordinary, and gives readers the feeling that they, too, are drifting through the night. A stellar send-off for the slumber-bound. Ages 3-7. (Dec.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Standiford speculates, poetically, about what astronauts dream as they float in orbit: of "...stars-/Monstrous fires in blackest ink/Clustered into galaxies?/Do they dream of dusty Mars,/Where the sun sets blue and skies are pink?" No, she suggests-they dream instead of sunny beaches, misty woods, "Bread dough rising, smells of yeast,/A crackling fire perfumed with pine," and other comforting, Earthly things. Though Garns's impressionistic, spread-filling art interprets the text but loosely-Saturn sports fewer than "seven rings," and rather than "blackest ink," space is a melange of blues and purples-its soft-edged figures and muted light complement the relaxing bedtime cadences perfectly.-John Peters, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
This prose poem journey through outer space, with sumptuous pastel illustrations, serves as a smart introduction to the heavenly reaches. An omniscient narrator ponders the dreams of the three sleeping astronauts aboard the space shuttle—of stormy Jupiter, perhaps? Or the icy moons of golden Saturn? Each planet is glimpsed, and phenomena such as black holes and nebulae are commented on. Then the speculation shifts: The astronauts, one of whom is a woman, may well be dreaming of a day in their youth. Lastly, "They dream of sweet times long ago: A glass of milk. Turn out the light. And sink into a soft, soft bed. The moon shines on the sparkling snow. Now kiss the one you love good night." With that, Standiford tethers the space voyagers to Earth, humanizing them. While there is plenty to think about in these pages, the tone is calm, making this a delightful space-age lullaby to help ship listeners off to sleep.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679869993
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/12/1996
Edition description:
1 ED
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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