Sleepers

Sleepers

by Dayal Kaur Khalsa
     
 

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A delightful read-aloud book about a very small girl who won’t go to sleep. Everyone and everything go to sleep: her mother and father, the cat and the dog, her aunts and uncle, camels and flamingos, cowboys and clowns. Even the sheep she counts eventually go to sleep – but does she?

Now available in a bright and larger format, this enormously

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A delightful read-aloud book about a very small girl who won’t go to sleep. Everyone and everything go to sleep: her mother and father, the cat and the dog, her aunts and uncle, camels and flamingos, cowboys and clowns. Even the sheep she counts eventually go to sleep – but does she?

Now available in a bright and larger format, this enormously appealing book can be joyfully discovered by a whole new generation of readers. This new format is being published to celebrate Dayal Kaur Khalsa’s enormous contribution to the children’s book world.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author/artist of I Want a Dog and Tales of a Gambling Grandma tells of the different ways people and animals sleep, through the eyes of a girl who insists she will be staying awake on this night. ``My grandfather sleeps after every meal. He says it helps him digest. And my grandma says when she sleeps in the car, that's when her dreams are the best. But I never ever sleep.'' After a recitation that includes the sleeping habits of a clown, the cat and dog, a fireman and a cowboy, the narrator counts sheep and quickly dozes. In this eye-filling, hand-size book, floral patterns of little more than dots and lines show off the degree of control Khalsa brings to her whimsical art. And all those children who argue against the value of a good night's sleep will find a determined kindred spirit within these pages. Ages 2-5. (May)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 In a rhyme reminiscent of Hoberman's A House Is a House for Me (Viking, 1978) Khalsa has written a delightful bedtime book. A small girl narrates the sleeping habits of family, animals, and others (fireman, cowboy, clown) with the refrain, ``But I never sleep.'' Humor is provided by the variety of places and styles preferred by these sleepers (twin aunts who sleep sitting up, grandma who sleeps in the car, etc.). With each refrain, the child sinks further into the bed until she finally says, ``But I never sleep./ Instead I count sheep.'' Then counting begins, and she is asleep by number 11 (as are the sheep). Illustrations in this small square book are bright and colorful and impishly humorous, matching perfectly a child's conception of the sleeping habits of others.John Philbrook, San Francisco Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887764905
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
06/03/1999
Edition description:
10TH ANNIVERSARY
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.69(w) x 8.69(h) x 0.27(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Dayal Kaur Khalsa both wrote and illustrated picture books that celebrate the joys in life: the love between grandparents and grandchildren, the togetherness of a family holiday, the ingenuity of a girl who wants a dog, the thrill of discovering a new and delicious food. Her books have won numerous awards, including being chosen twice for the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year, and twice as a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Dayal Kaur Khalsa died in 1989.

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