Water Beds: Sleeping In the Ocean

Water Beds: Sleeping In the Ocean

by Gail Langer Karwoski, Connie McLennan
     
 

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This soothing bedtime story explains how ten different marine mammals—animals that live in water but breathe air—sleep in the ocean. Based on up-to-date scientific research, the brief portraits are explained in simple, poetic language. Water Beds invites children to drift into sleep on gentle waves of imagination. The “For Creative Minds”

Overview

This soothing bedtime story explains how ten different marine mammals—animals that live in water but breathe air—sleep in the ocean. Based on up-to-date scientific research, the brief portraits are explained in simple, poetic language. Water Beds invites children to drift into sleep on gentle waves of imagination. The “For Creative Minds” educational section includes fun facts about marine mammal adaptations, and a “Design Your Own Marine Mammal” craft.

Editorial Reviews

Brad Andrews
"Water Beds is a book that dives into the many mysteries of animal sleep with illustrations that are a dream come true. It's a great way to introduce youngsters to the variety of sleeping patterns found in marine animals ranging from killer whales to sea otters to walruses. A wonderful bed time story...perfect for inspiring dreams on the beauty of the oceans."
Sea World Adventure Parks, Corporate Vice President, Zoological Operations
Storyteller Books
"This is an amazing book on many levels. First and foremost it is a beautifully illustrated, with soothing prose bedtime book. It is also educational. Doesn't every child, and adult too, wonder how the fishes and marine animals sleep? It is explained simply for the kids and more detailed for the adults in the Preface. There is also the fun parts in the back of the book. For Creative Minds explain more about mammals, especially Marine Mammals. The Make Your Own Marine Mammal Using Adaptations is fantastic. I highly recommend this book to anyone with children who love to be read to at bedtime.One of the most beautiful and informative children's book I have seen in a long time."
Children's Literature
The peacefulness of a deep blue sea is the chosen setting for this book that creatively shows how ocean animals sleep. The hook captures the attention of readers and listeners by suggesting that they may wonder what it is like to sleep in the ocean. The text and bright, appealing illustrations highlight different kinds of mammals and their ocean sleep habits. Included are Orca, Beluga, and Humpback whales; Harbor, Elephant, and Northern Fur seals; walruses, dolphins, manatees, and sea otters. In an innovative move, the pajama-clad child from the opening spread is featured on subsequent spreads which show him sleeping in the ocean like the mammals do. Each spread has only a few sentences of text. However, much information is imparted in it. A page entitled "For Creative Minds" follows the main text body and consists of many facts about marine mammals. Another page gives information about how to make a picture of a marine mammal. Line drawing aids are included. This book will add a plethora of ideas to elementary science lessons. It also comes across as a pleasing bedtime story. 2005, Sylvan Dell Publishing, Ages 2 to 8.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-As a young boy slumbers, readers learn about the sleeping habits of 10 assorted water mammals, such as whales, seals, and dolphins. Karwoski introduces the story with an informative preface in which she points out the vast differences in these mammals' sleeping habits. However, the picture-book pages that follow, while age-appropriate, seem too simplistic in contrast. Attractive artwork resembling oil paintings helps set the deep-sea mood by using a blue-gray palette. Nonetheless, at times the appearance of the young boy sleeping underwater is disconcerting. The author provides an appendix where still more information about the mammals is highlighted. The bibliography and extended artwork suggestions rely on using the publisher's Web page to aid in creating original drawings.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934359013
Publisher:
Sylvan Dell Publishing
Publication date:
08/20/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile:
AD880L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Gail Langer Karwoski (Water Beds, River Beds, and Julie the Rockhound) is an award-winning children’s book writer. In addition to Julie the Rockhound and Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean (Mom’s Choice Best Children’s Picture Book Author for 2005), published by Sylvan Dell, Gail has written six other books for young readers including: Tsumani: The True Story of an April Fool’s Day Disaster and Quake! Disaster in San Francisco, 1906. Before becoming a full time author, Gail taught in Georgia public schools. She frequently returns to schools as a visiting author. Gail married a rockhound. On their honeymoon, they hiked through lush western forests and stark “forests” of petrified wood. They dove into foamy aquamarine waves in the Pacific Ocean and dug into crumbly turquoise deposits in the Southwestern desert. Since then, they’ve gone “treasure hunting” for geodes, fossils, and crystals. At the schools where she taught, her classroom was famous because of the “rock box.” Now, as owners of a quartz deposit in South Carolina where visitors can try their luck at digging for crystals, Gail and her husband have watched hundreds of people - both young and old - delight in finding sparkly quartz crystals. She wrote Julie the Rockhound to share this delight in our earth’s treasures with children and their parents. Gail lives near the University of Georgia with her husband, two daughters, and three bossy cats.

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