Sleep Is for Everyone (Let's-Read-and-Find-out Science Series)

Sleep Is for Everyone (Let's-Read-and-Find-out Science Series)

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by Paul Showers, Wendy Watson
     
 

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Bedtime often seems to come too early, but what would happen if you never went to sleep? When scientists decided to find out, they discovered that your brain needs a rest after a long day of thinking, just as your muscles would need a rest after a long day of work.
A different kind of bedtime story, this book is the perfect response to the question 'Can't I stay up…  See more details below

Overview

Bedtime often seems to come too early, but what would happen if you never went to sleep? When scientists decided to find out, they discovered that your brain needs a rest after a long day of thinking, just as your muscles would need a rest after a long day of work.
A different kind of bedtime story, this book is the perfect response to the question 'Can't I stay up a little longer?'

Author Biography: Paul Showers has written
many of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out-Science series' most popular titles, among them Where Does the Garbage Go?, illustrated by Randy Chewning. Mr. Showers lives in Palo Alto, CA.

Wendy Watson has illustrated numerous classic picture books, including A, B, C, D, Tummy, Toes, Hands, Knees by B. J. Hennessey. Ms. Watson lives in Groton, VT.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
This introduction to sleep is a welcome addition to the "Let's-Read-and-Find-Out" series that brings basic science concepts to very young children. It talks about how animals sleep, why people need sleep, and what happens when people don't get the sleep they need. It's nonfiction, but could easily be used as a bedtime story book since the book concludes with descriptions of how to relax and get ready for sleep. While the text is twenty-five years old, the brilliant collage illustrations are brand-spanking new and as refreshing as a good night's sleep. Level 1 in the series.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2A basic look at a necessary activity. Showers describes the sleeping positions of several animals and asks readers to think about their own positions (standing up or lying down) while they sleep. The different amounts of sleep required by humans of various ages are indicated from infant through adult. Comparisons are made between the arms and legs, which can be rested during the day, and the brain, which requires sleep in order to relax. The book briefly shows how sleep deprivation affected a group of scientists, and points out similar responses such as lack of concentration in overtired children or parents. The final pages describe what its like to fall asleep. The bright cut-paper cartoons feature people of all ethnic backgrounds, ages, and genders, set against both daylight and nighttime scenes. This is a thoughtful place to begin learning about bodily processes or perhaps for parents needing help dealing with bedtime and its importance.Marsha McGrath, Clearwater Public Library, FL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060253929
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Series:
Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Series: Level 1
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.35(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.43(d)
Lexile:
AD480L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Paul Showers wrote twenty books for the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, including favorites such as What Happens to a Hamburger? and Where Does the Garbage Go? Mr. Showers worked on the Detroit Free Press, the New York Herald Tribune, and for thirty years, the Sunday New York Times.

"I grew up on a farm in Vermont with seven younger brothers and sisters. Every morning my brother Peter and I went out to the barn and did our chores. My very favorite job was feeding the baby goats their bottles of milk. After we had our own breakfast, it was time for school-but I never left the house! Instead, I sat down at the big dining room table in front of the fireplace, with my books and pencils, and did what my mother told me, because she was my teacher.

"School at home was fun and interesting and did not take as long as school in a school building. I usually finished my work by lunchtime, and in the afternoon there were always exciting things to do with my brothers and sisters. We went exploring in the woods and pastures around our farm, or down to the river to fish. We liked to swim in the summertime and sled and ski and skate in the wintertime.

"If I wanted to be by myself, I could curl up with a book or go upstairs in our big house to visit my father's studio. That was where I found out what it was like to be an illustrator, because that is what my father was.

"In the evening, after we had fed the house cats and dogs, we all sat down and ate our own supper. That was usually a noisy time! Everyone wanted to talk at once. But when bedtime came, the house was finally quiet, and the only sound was the squeaking of the mice who lived in the walls.

"When I grew older, I went away and lived in the city for a while. But when my two children were small, I moved back to the country, and that is where I now live. All around me are the animals who have always been my special friends: chickens and pigs, mice, chipmunks, squirrels and birds, woodchucks, rabbits, foxes, beavers and porcupines. When I take a walk each day with my dog, I see the places where small creatures live and carry on their daily lives, and I try to put that in all of my books. And I also try to put in all that I have learned about what it is like to be alive in this exciting world."

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