Please Don't Wake the Animals: A Book about Sleep

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All people sleep. So do all other mammals. Birds sleep, too. Even snakes, fish, and insects have a way of sleeping. How different animals sleep on land, in water, and in the air—and the special ways they do it—is the subject of this fascinating book for young readers.

Using accessible language and scientifically accurate terms, author Mary Batten shows how animals sleep in very different ways and for various lengths of time depending on their...
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Overview

All people sleep. So do all other mammals. Birds sleep, too. Even snakes, fish, and insects have a way of sleeping. How different animals sleep on land, in water, and in the air—and the special ways they do it—is the subject of this fascinating book for young readers.

Using accessible language and scientifically accurate terms, author Mary Batten shows how animals sleep in very different ways and for various lengths of time depending on their size, their physiology, and their habitat. From three-toed sloths hanging from tree branches to dolphins dozing near the ocean's surface, Batten presents a rich variety of wildlife and animal behavior. Additional information about the featured animals as well as simple explanations of terms such as hibernation and torpor are included in sidebars throughout the book.

Enhancing the text are illustrator Higgins Bond's vivid, realistic wildlife illustrations feature animals in their natural environments.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Everyone sleeps: people and other mammals, birds, retiles, fish, and even insects. Some sleep for long periods of time while others need little sleep. Some sleep at night while others sleep during the day. Animals sleep in different places and have a variety of ways to deal with their habitats, climates, and predators. Award-winning writer Mary Batten structures this educational book about sleep on two levels. Each spread features a general overview of a specific aspect of sleep, such as hibernation or torpor, highlighted by a colored box and larger font. Then a column of text addresses the topic more specifically, providing information about particular creatures. Higgins Bond's soft yet exquisitely detailed acrylic illustrations convey the diversity of habitats and wildlife that all share the need to sleep. The shorter text and large pictures make this book suitable for reading to groups of children, while the more informative text blocks make it adaptable for independent readers and classroom projects related to the animal world. A great addition to a school or classroom library, the book's lack of an overtly evolutionary bent may appeal to parochial schools and homeschooling families as well. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
School Library Journal

Gr 1-4

A three-toed sloth hanging upside down in a tree and a parrotfish spinning a cocoon "of mucous that comes from special glands underneath its gill covers" are among the widely varied species featured in this picture-book introduction to sleep behavior. A slim column of text next to each double-page view explains how the featured animal sleeps. An introductory statement set in a color block appears atop each text segment: "Snakes sleep in protected places when the temperature gets too cold or too hot." Topics include nocturnal and diurnal sleep, hibernation, torpor, underwater sleep, and animals that sleep while flying or swimming. The acrylic paintings depict reasonably realistic views of the animals in their habitats with an occasional garish portrait. The sketchy discussion is often wooden in tone. Still, the book does include interesting bits of information that may attract animal fans. Robert Matero's Animals Asleep (Millbrook, 2000), which is illustrated with photographs, is longer and more informative.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

Kirkus Reviews
Beginning and ending with images of human children in bed, this gentle story describes where, when, how often and how long different animals sleep. Realistic paintings of particular species at rest fill three-quarters of each double-page spread. Each main idea is printed as a title; sidebars identify the species pictured and add more detail for interested listeners or readers. Beyond familiar species like lions, bats and bears, the author includes interestingly different examples: a New Zealand cricket that freezes solid, swifts that sleep while flying and parrotfish that make their own cocoons. Important terms, such as predator and prey, are introduced and explained in context. Animals are pictured naturalistically in their appropriate environments. The children reading themselves to sleep are African-American. The animal examples come from all parts of the world, reminding readers of the universality of this necessary activity. Both bedtime book and informational text, this appealing title ends with a short list of books and websites for further research. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561453931
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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