The Sea Of Sleep

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A mesmerizing voyage into the nighttime sea--with spectacular, affecting paintings by bestselling artist Jim LaMarche and bestselling author Warren Hansen!

Baby Otter is sleepy after a long day of play. Now he cuddles in his mama's arms as calm, silvery waters rock him gently toward sleep.
But there are many wondrous things to see before he gets there. They drift past leaping dolphins and schools of swimming fish. And there's the loving, ...

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Overview


A mesmerizing voyage into the nighttime sea--with spectacular, affecting paintings by bestselling artist Jim LaMarche and bestselling author Warren Hansen!

Baby Otter is sleepy after a long day of play. Now he cuddles in his mama's arms as calm, silvery waters rock him gently toward sleep.
But there are many wondrous things to see before he gets there. They drift past leaping dolphins and schools of swimming fish. And there's the loving, beaming moon, who rests her friendly face on the water's sparkling surface. All the while, jewel-like stars light their way as they glide through the night toward morning.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Drifting. Floating. Lightly gliding/ On the Sea of Sleep tonight./ Rocking. Swaying. Slowly sailing/ On toward the morning light." The text of this lilting lullaby is so soothing that young readers may find themselves falling asleep before the book is finished. LaMarche's acrylic and colored pencil illustrations focus on a pair of captivating otters, a parent and child, who float on their backs, immersed in the sights and rhythm of the sea. The paintings skillfully capture the face of the moon as she rests her cheek on the water, as nighttime wraps the otters "in its loving arms" and "holds us safe and warm." Ages 3–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Sea otters are almost magical creatures and anyone fortunate enough to watch them in the wild or at an aquarium/zoo cannot help but be entranced by their play and hunting-eating behavior. Many sea otters anchor themselves to strands of kelp (seaweed) while they are eating or sleeping. But the most charming feature of these ocean mammals is watching a mother otter care for its young. Hanson, aided by LaMarche's luminous illustrations, has created a truly beautiful book. From the early drawings of mother and offspring on the beach, to the final pictures of mother otter, on her back with baby clutched to her chest as they sleep and float in the sunset light, this book is a delight. Even the illustrations of kelp, schools of small fish or the whales swimming in the distance are charming. Especially enchanting is the mixture of old and new: the moon seeming to gaze down upon mother with her new offspring floating in the ancient seas. Text is lovely, frugal and poetic. What a wonderful read-me-to-sleep book! Just as Goodnight Moon can lull young readers to sleep, this book's lovely text and pictures will sing a child into easy dreams. Well recommended. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This plot-free bedtime story follows an otter and its mother on a journey in the Sea of Sleep. They see the moon, myriad examples of marine life, and the personified sea herself, "Old. And wise. And kind." Hanson's musician roots show in the text, which reads very much like lyrics, including a repeating chorus. While young audiences may not grasp all of the abstract concepts, they will appreciate the lilting, poetic language. The illustrations are done in restful blues and purples befitting a bedtime story. They serve to ground the text as LaMarche aptly portrays the sea "cradling" the otters and the moon sharing the waters with them, along with more concrete concepts. Sweet dreams.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
Kirkus Reviews
A mother and baby otter make their way to the water for a relaxing bedtime swim as they observe the magic of the night sea. They gaze at the moon, the stars and the dolphins and listen to the waves. Hanson's cascading, repeating verse moves as rhythmically as the gentle waves he describes: "The Sea of Sleep is calm tonight. / Calm and still. / Her quiet ripples tiptoe on the shore, / Kissing quickly, / Then run away again, / Slipping swiftly back across the sand, / Carrying away the footprints of the day." The otters couldn't be cuter as they nestle together and float on the water cradled by "The Sea of Sleep," personified as a goddess-like figure with willows in her hair. Every statement applied to the actual ocean nicely mirrors the experience of falling into a deep sleep. LaMarche's misty images evoke the dreamy essence of the dark ocean with lush blues and glowing whites. Perhaps a tad overwritten at times but peacefully lulling—adult readers may find themselves drifting off with their little ones. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439697354
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 965,237
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Warren Hanson is an artist, writer, speaker, and musician. His book THE NEXT PLACE (1997) has sold more than 600,000 copies. He is the illustrator of Tom Hegg’s classic A CUP OF CHRISTMAS TEA, the PEEF series, and many others. And he is a popular speaker for adult groups and elementary schools. He has spoken at reading and literacy conferences across the country, presented programs for hundreds of church groups, volunteer banquets, and other gatherings, and has enlightened and delighted tens of thousands of schoolchildren. Warren is a native of Yankton, South Dakota. He now lives and works in Houston, Texas.

Jim LaMarche is an award-winning illustrator of many beloved books, including THE RAINBABIES, which earned him international acclaim. His illustrations “indicate a deep kind of thinking about illustration in children’s books,” said the NEW YORK TIMES. He also illustrated THE CAROUSEL and ALBERT, which were both named NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Books. He lives with his family in Santa Cruz, California.

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