Sleep Like a Tiger

Sleep Like a Tiger

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by Mary Logue, Pamela Zagarenski
     
 

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2013 Randolph Caldecott Honor Award

In this magical bedtime story, the lyrical narrative echoes a Runaway Bunny – like cadence: “Does everything in the world go to sleep?” the little girl asks. In sincere and imaginative dialogue between a not-at-all sleepy child and understanding parents, the little girl decides “in a cocoon of

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2013 Randolph Caldecott Honor Award

In this magical bedtime story, the lyrical narrative echoes a Runaway Bunny – like cadence: “Does everything in the world go to sleep?” the little girl asks. In sincere and imaginative dialogue between a not-at-all sleepy child and understanding parents, the little girl decides “in a cocoon of sheets, a nest of blankets,” she is ready to sleep, warm and strong, just like a tiger. The Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski’s rich, luminous mixed-media paintings effervesce with odd, charming details that nonsleepy children could examine for hours. A rare gem.

Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
Set against Caldecott Honor medalist Pamela Zagarenski's gloriously soft-toned dreamscapes of moons and stars and toys and towns, the lyrical text magnifies the magical mood.
—Kristi Elle Jemtegaard
Publishers Weekly
“I’m not tired,” says a small girl in a red dress and a crown. “I’m just not sleepy.” Her affectionate parents—who also wear crowns—aren’t fazed. “They nodded their heads and said she didn’t have to go to sleep. But she had to put her pajamas on.” The three talk about the different ways animals sleep, taking their cue from family pets and the girl’s stuffed animals. Zagarenski’s gently surreal jewel-box paintings chart the movement of the girl’s imagination as she considers bears (“mighty sleepers,” her parents call them), snails (“They curl up like a cinnamon roll”), and tigers. “When he’s not hunting, he finds some shade, closes his eyes, and sleeps. That way he stays strong,” she says. It’s this image that holds the greatest promise of safety for the girl; as she drifts off, she imagines herself curled in the curve of the tiger’s tail, embracing a stuffed tiger as she sleeps. Zagarenski’s paintings take Logue’s story to places marvelously distant in thought and time; each spread holds treasures to find even after several readings. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

"This deeply satisfying story offers what all children crave when letting go--security and a trusted companion."
Kirkus, starred review

"Touched with enchantment . . . This may put little ones to sleep, but they'll have a lot to look at before they close their eyes."
Booklist, starred review

"Zagarenski's dreamy mixed-media illustrations are as calm and comforting as Logue's understated prose."
Horn Book

"Zagarenski's paintings take Logue's story to places marvelously distant in thought and time; each spread holds treasures to find even after several readings."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Logue’s text is reassuring and rhythmic, but it is the fine detail and plush atmospherics of Zagarenski’s layered multimedia illustrations that make the book shine.”
New York Times Online

"The common theme of a child not ready for bed receives fresh treatment here. . . . [A] memorable picture book."
School Library Journal, starred review

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
A little girl does not want to go to sleep; she is not tired. Her parents tell her just to put on her pajamas. Since she is still wide awake, they ask her to wash her face and brush her teeth. Feeling good and loving her bed, she finally climbs in. "Does everything in the world go to sleep?" she asks them. They assure her that they do, citing their dog and cat. When she asks about bats that do not sleep at night, she is told how they sleep during the day. Her parents also describe how all the other creatures she asks about, from whales to bears, go to sleep. Noting how the tiger in the jungle sleeps a lot, she claims that she is still not sleepy, so they tell her she can stay awake all night. But in her bed, she imitates each of the creatures she has asked about until, like the tiger, she falls asleep. The simple bedtime story has far from simple visuals. On the front end pages is a huge yellow disc and a toy-like train carrying a tiger; on the back it is nighttime and the train and tiger are passing the house where the girl is finally asleep. Zagarenski combines mixed media paintings on wood with computer illustration to produce partly naturalistic and partly stylized dream-like illustrations that require deep examination beyond the brief text. What do the crowns and the banners symbolize? Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—The common theme of a child not ready for bed receives fresh treatment here. When a young girl repeatedly declares that she is not sleepy, her parents remain calm. She dutifully dresses in pajamas and washes up. After climbing into bed, she again proclaims that she is wide awake and questions her parents about how things in the world go to sleep. They patiently respond by describing the sleeping habits of familiar animals. After they kiss her goodnight and turn out the light, the child incorporates her parents' descriptions of the various animals into her nighttime routine. Like the strong tiger, she, too, falls fast asleep. The narrative flows well as the mood becomes increasingly tranquil. There is much dialogue in the first portion of the story. These conversations between daughter and parents are realistic. Young listeners will identify with the child's desire to remain awake. Zagarenski's stylized artwork shines with interesting details. For instance, the family is portrayed as royalty. The artist's distinctive spreads are a combination of digitally created art and mixed-media paintings on wood. The artist incorporates many patterns into the characters' clothing, rooms, blankets, and pillows. Her attention to detail can be found again on the endpapers where primitive circuslike train cars, a tiger riding proudly atop one of them, appear in sunlight and later in moonlight. The dust jacket depicting the sleeping youngster curled up beside a dozing tiger ushers in the gentle and calm mood of this memorable picture book.—Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH
Kirkus Reviews
The stages and script preceding this child's passage into dreamland are so appealing they will surely inspire imitation. When the protagonist announces that she is not sleepy, her wise parents counter that they are not requiring sleep, only pajama-wearing, face-washing and teeth-brushing. She then feels so good that "she loved / …stretching her toes / down under the crisp sheets, / lying as still as an otter / floating in a stream." Logue's words lull and caress as parents and child converse about how and where animals sleep. (Many appeared on earlier pages as toys.) Alone, the youngster replays each scene, inserting herself; the cozy images help her relax. Zagarenski's exquisite compositions are rendered digitally and in mixed-media on wood, offering much to ponder. The paintings are luminous, from the child's starry pajamas to the glowing whale supporting her sleep journey. Transparent layers, blending patterns, complex textures and wheeled objects add to the sense of gentle movement. The tiger, both the beloved cloth version and the real deal, is featured prominently; it is the child who contributes this example, narrating the connection between strength and rest. When sleep arrives, the stuffed animal is cradled in her arms; she leans against the jungle beast, and he clings to her doll. This deeply satisfying story offers what all children crave when letting go--security and a trusted companion. (Picture book. 3-6)
The New York Times Book Review
Logue's text is reassuring and rhythmic, but it is the fine detail and plush atmospherics of Zagarenski's layered multimedia illustrations that make the book shine.
—Pamela Paul

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547641027
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/23/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
87,140
Product dimensions:
9.28(w) x 10.84(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"This deeply satisfying story offers what all children crave when letting go—security and a trusted companion."
Kirkus, starred review

"Touched with enchantment . . . This may put little ones to sleep, but they'll have a lot to look at before they close their eyes."
Booklist, starred review

"Zagarenski's dreamy mixed-media illustrations are as calm and comforting as Logue's understated prose."
Horn Book

"Zagarenski's paintings take Logue's story to places marvelously distant in thought and time; each spread holds treasures to find even after several readings."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Logue’s text is reassuring and rhythmic, but it is the fine detail and plush atmospherics of Zagarenski’s layered multimedia illustrations that make the book shine.”
New York Times Online

"The common theme of a child not ready for bed receives fresh treatment here. . . . [A] memorable picture book."
School Library Journal, starred review

Meet the Author

Award-winning author Mary Logue has written more than twenty books for children. She lives on the Mississippi with writer Pete Hautman. This is her first book with Houghton Mifflin.

Pamela Zagarenski is the winner of two Caldecott Honors.  The books she has illustrated have also been Booklist Editor's Choices, Horn Book Fanfare and Bulletin Blue Ribbon books, winners of Bank Street's Claudia Lewis Award, and translated into many languages.  As well as illustrating picture books, she creates paintings and has a gift card line.  She lives in Connecticut.  Visit www.pzagarenski.com.

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Sleep Like a Tiger 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story of a little girl who isn't sleepy will resonate with young children and their parents. It is beautifully illustrated, and the relationship between the parents and the little girl is loving and gentle. There are many interesting things to find among the drawings to keep children interested and engaged. This is sure to become a classic!
CanadaInker4 More than 1 year ago
This fabulous book transports the readers into a magical, dreamy world and induces sleep.  A little girl is not tired and cannot sleep.  Her parents don't scold her or reprimand her but encourage her to put on her pajamas, wash her face, brush her teeth and get ready for bed.  The little girl declares she is still not sleepy.  She obeys her parents wishes and feels good "that she is loved/stretching her toes/ down under the crisp sheets,/ lying as still as an otter/floating in a stream."  She asks if everything in the world sleeps which leads her parents to patiently describe how different animals in different places sleep:  bats  hang upside down, whales float along, bears hibernate and finally tigers curl up like a cat and doze off.   After conversing with her parents about the habits of these animals,  the little girl finally succumbs to her weariness and falls fast asleep just like the strong tiger. There is a lot of conversation at the beginning of the book and once the little girl is in bed the language becomes more poetic and dream-like, filled with imagery.  The words of the text are warm, cozy and invite you in to share that mood. The artwork is stunning and beautifully executed.  The girl's toys are vintage reflecting the animals discussed in the text.  An otter floats on the girl's blue quilt as if on the ocean.  There is a recurring teapot and cup, and crowns for the whole family to wear - very surreal.  The illustrations are mixed media painting on wood and computer illustrations, magical indeed, absolutely gorgeous.  This is a perfect read-aloud for bedtime encouraging you to nestle down, get cozy and everyone (including the reader) to go to sleep.