Baby Can't Sleep

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Baby can't sleep, so Daddy says: Count sheep! And toddlers learning to count these adorably mischievous animals can count on great entertainment. A thoroughly delightful, fancifully illustrated bedtime story that's sure to become a favorite.

Counting sheep has never been so entertaining, thanks to one-of-a-kind art and a charming rhyming text.
Tired Mommy and Daddy want Baby to sleep; but wide-awake Baby would rather play. A good night kiss? ...

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Overview

Baby can't sleep, so Daddy says: Count sheep! And toddlers learning to count these adorably mischievous animals can count on great entertainment. A thoroughly delightful, fancifully illustrated bedtime story that's sure to become a favorite.

Counting sheep has never been so entertaining, thanks to one-of-a-kind art and a charming rhyming text.
Tired Mommy and Daddy want Baby to sleep; but wide-awake Baby would rather play. A good night kiss? That doesn't work. Rock-a-bye in papa's arms? Oh, no: while he waits for Baby's eyes to close, the lively boy grab's Daddy's nose! So now it's time to try something new. Counting sheep is lots of fun--soon you'll be asleep my son.
Instead, the fluffy, funny creatures lead Baby on a whimsical trip where the animals strum guitars, take a ride in a jeep, splash in the pool, and dance the night away. From one to ten, they keep on coming, with antics galore.
In the end, the sheep really do the trick...for Mom and Dad, anyway! Youngsters will giggle with pleasure at seeing Baby get the upper hand.

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Publishers Weekly
First-time author Schroeder embraces a universal parental woe in a charming tale about luring baby off to dreamland. Her playful singsong rhymes seem to suggest that even the job of getting baby to sleep can be fun. Drawing upon a time-honored insomnia cure-all, she incorporates a fun twist to counting sheep (one to 10), "Bet you can't believe your eyes./ One sheep chasing fireflies." Here is where the story truly takes off: in Garfoli's (Zoom Zoom Zoom) imaginative drawings, a plush sheep springs to life and inspires a host of amusing adventures ("On the street I see five sheep./ Look, they're riding in a jeep!/ Six sheep playing basketball./ Wow, those sheep are really tall!"). The story comes full circle when the family pooch manages to calm the inconsolable baby by producing the toy sheep ("Silly sheep just love to play./ But even sheep must end their day"). This book is just right for the parent-to-be who does not yet know to relish those precious hours of uninterrupted sleep. Ages 2-4. (Dec.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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This may not be the answer to get your child to sleep, but it's a fun book to try. It also serves a dual purpose since it's as equally effective as a counting book. Baby gets a 'good night kiss' from Mommy and Daddy, but baby isn't ready to sleep. A tired Daddy suggests they count sheep, but not in the boring traditional manner. No, Daddy's sheep pretty much count themselves—from one sheep chasing fireflies, seven sheep swinging in the maple tree, continuing all the way to ten, each in eloquent rhyme. Daddy and Mommy fall asleep, but Baby doesn't until the sheep have ended their day. Colorful illustrations make this an attractive work just right for bright young minds. Bright watercolors reflect the excitement of Baby's world as well as convey a distraction for Mommy and Daddy and their desire for sleep! Try having an older sibling read this to a younger one and watch them count together. They could even make up their own rhymes adding sheep as necessary. What is also endearing is that Daddy plays an active role in bedtime duties—always a plus for mommies and babies! 2005, Sterling, Ages 3 mo. to 4.
—Elizabeth Young
School Library Journal
PreS-A tired father counts sheep in an attempt to lull his baby to sleep. These are no ordinary sheep, however. Rather than merely jump over fences, they strum guitars, ride jeeps, and swing from maple trees. After counting to 10, the father yawns, but the baby is still wide awake. The mother takes over, but drifts off herself before the infant can be coaxed into slumber. Finally, the dog brings a toy sheep to the child, who is last seen asleep in a crib. With its lilting rhyme and brightly colored, humorous cartoon illustrations, this book will resonate with parents of active babies. For the most part, the rhythm bounces merrily along without mishap. The pictures reinforce the story's light, fun tone, and older toddlers may enjoy counting the sheep.-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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“Playful singsong rhymes just right…for the parent-to-be who does not yet know to relish those precious hours of uninterrupted sleep.” —Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402721717
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Schroeder
Lisa Schroeder is the author of numerous books for kids and teens. Her first novel, I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME was a 2009 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.
Lisa lives with her family in Oregon. You can visit her on the web at lisaschroederbooks.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2006

    Best reading and counting book for a small child!

    This book combines reading and counting at the same time. You are able to understand the story about the baby not wanting to go to sleep and then you can also count the sheep on the different pages. This book works for a story to read to children as well as a way to count with a child.

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