Please Don't Wake the Animals: A Book about Sleepby Mary Batten, Higgins Bond
Using accessible language and scientifically accurate terms, author Mary Batten
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 airand the special ways they do itis 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.
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
- Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
- Publication date:
- Product dimensions:
- 9.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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Please Don't Wake the Animals is a delightful picture book with an educational factor to it. I think the author did a great job of explaining how different animals sleep and the different positions they sleep in. For example, the author gave an in depth explanation about a black bears hibernation and how they can survive for months at a time without food or water while in hibernation. The illustrations really helped and gave an idea of the setting for each of the animals. They are also good for keeping a younger ones attention to the book as it did for my three year old cousin. Review by Connor T. age 14, Broward Mensa