Sweet Dreams: How Animals Sleep

Sweet Dreams: How Animals Sleep

by Kimiko Kajikawa
     
 

In rhythmic words and affecting pictures, this inviting picture book introduces young children to a world of sleeping creatures. Some animals, like bats, sleep upside down, while others, like koalas and lions, snore up in the trees. Sharks, on the other hand, sleep with their eyes open wide so they won't miss a potential meal.

Animals large and small all have

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Overview

In rhythmic words and affecting pictures, this inviting picture book introduces young children to a world of sleeping creatures. Some animals, like bats, sleep upside down, while others, like koalas and lions, snore up in the trees. Sharks, on the other hand, sleep with their eyes open wide so they won't miss a potential meal.

Animals large and small all have good reasons for sleeping the way they do, and Kimiko Kajikawa explores their particular and often humorous habits in this charming ode to bedtime.

 

Sweet Dreams is a 2000 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In unobtrusively rhyming captions and intimate photographs from a variety of sources, Kajikawa captures animals both wild and domestic asleep in their natural habitats. The creatures come from land and sea, and their bedtime practices are diverse. Lions, said to "sleep wherever they please," are shown draped languidly over the boughs of a tree; horses "stand up straight and tall"; sharks "rest with eyes open wide." The last spread includes photos of a napping baby and mom and of a young girl, while the text makes the anticipated overture to readers: "Everyone sleeps in a different way./ How will you go to sleep today?" The appealing book design gives equal space to the photos and to the facing captions, which are set on photo-sized blank ground; both captions and photos are bordered in nursery-room yellow with muted blue motifs. Cleverly, this book goes beyond standard bedtime fare with its ample and intriguing endnotes, which offer a detailed paragraph on each animal's sleeping habits. Thoughtfully conceived, attractively executed. Ages 4-7. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
"Orangutans Doze in a Bed of Leaves/ Lions Sleep Wherever They Please." So begins this delightful and enlightening bedtime photo-essay. Full page, close-up color photographs of sleeping animals face single lines from couplets that describe the sleeping habits of the featured animals. The tone of the book is equally respectful of the differences and similarities among all of nature's creatures. The text of the book is brief, but neither simplistic nor condescending and the design of the book is symmetrically charming. Not only that, there's an appendix with more detailed factual information about each of the napping animals. A more perfect assemblage for bedtime or learning time is difficult to imagine.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-"Orangutans doze in a bed of leaves./Lions sleep wherever they please." Some animals sleep standing up, some clutch their babies as they hug trees, and others sleep underwater in this photographic introduction. A dozen animals appear in full-page portraits, each facing a brief line of text phrased as part of a loosely rhymed couplet. Each page is attractively framed by white insets against soft yellow backgrounds. Animal names are set in bold decorative letters, offering young viewers a lovely beginning-to-read experience. Closing pages feature human sleepers and a set of questions inviting youngsters to think about their own sleep habits. A final picture glossary includes an informative paragraph about each animal. The murky underwater view of a heap of hippos is puzzling, but otherwise the book presents information effectively. The topic and pleasing pages also provide a fitting opportunity for using nonfiction as bedtime fare.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
Kirkus Reviews
This charming picture book explores how various animals sleep. Each double page provides one line of loosely rhyming text framed in a wide pale yellow border, and a full-color photograph of a particular animal also framed in soothing yellow. Among the animals are the horse, chipmunk, bear, sloth, koala, bat, and shark. The photographs are clear and appealing, but sharp-eyed viewers will notice that a couple of the animals are not sleeping, no matter what the text says. Kajikawa concludes with additional information on the sleep habits of animals. Some information is not consistent with that reported by other science writers, e.g., on the sleeping habits of horses, but this remains an appealing book on a subject that fascinates children. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805058901
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.34(w) x 10.35(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
250L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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