I Swim an Ocean in My Sleep

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This nautical lullaby takes a young adventurer on a dreamy romp through an underwater playground. Merry mermaids, dancing lobsters, and five-fingered fish become his playmates in this tale written in lilting rhyme. Full-color illustrations.

A dream takes the reader into the ocean world with its coral castle fairyland, schools of swimmers, dancing lobsters, and other creatures of the deep.

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Overview

This nautical lullaby takes a young adventurer on a dreamy romp through an underwater playground. Merry mermaids, dancing lobsters, and five-fingered fish become his playmates in this tale written in lilting rhyme. Full-color illustrations.

A dream takes the reader into the ocean world with its coral castle fairyland, schools of swimmers, dancing lobsters, and other creatures of the deep.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Flawless verse by the late Farber graces this lyrical bedtime book. By turns tranquil ("Star five-fingered,/ starry fish,/ let me dream my favorite wish") and jocular ("Lobster, dance/ into my net./ Clam, click-click your castanet"), her words weave a tapestry of enticing, dreamlike images. Drifting from page to page on an after-hours frolic, a pajama-clad boy meets up with a host of new friends, from a sea horse to a pink octopus, a whale and a mermaid. Savadier's (Hotter Than a Hot Dog!) playful illustrations, wrought in ink and gouache on slippery-looking vinyl-coated cotton, sustain the book's cohesiveness. The artist beguiles readers into the fanciful undersea realm through the use of rich tropical colors and an almost hypnotically fluid sense of line that suggests the ebb and flow of tide and current. Together, author and illustrator convey a self-contained world that's immensely satisfying, one just made to order for that last call for a book before lights out. Ages 3-7. (Mar.)
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K-Gr 2A boy sleeps and dreams of playing under the ocean with his many friends: a pink octopus, a whale, a mermaid, and a giant purple sea horse. The book starts as the child is swept off his bed into the flowing ocean current. Vibrant watercolors swirl in evocative, moody hues of purple and green while the boy, in his orange striped pajamas, looks like a John Burningham character ready to float into a highly charged adventure. And then, the tone changes. The colors no longer flow, and the backgrounds become denser and too cluttered, losing readers' ability to connect with the fantasy. It's not until the transition back to morning that the text and art work together once again to create a sense of poetry. While this book shows great promise, the balance between the art and text is inconsistent and the quality of both is uneven. Instead of feeling uplifted, readers may be left feeling overpowered.Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Farber (When It Snowed That Night, 1993, etc.) begins her sleeptime fantasy quietly: "Night is dark,/Night is deep,/I swim an ocean in my sleep." In Savadier's whimsical ink and gouache illustrations, a small boy in red-striped pajamas swims through an imaginative underwater world. He plays with a mermaid, rides on a whale, and dances to the rhythm of a clamshell castanet. Finally he rises out of the water, clinging to a huge red balloon, for "now it's time/to step once more/wakened on the morning shore." Especially appealing is the final picture of the sleep-tousled, bemused boy, sitting on a bed strewn with sand and seashells. There are nice moments in the text as well, but sometimes the perceptions of the author intrude, resulting in a narrative that wavers between the child's point of view and a more sophisticated perspective.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805033816
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.37 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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