Where Do I Sleep?: A Pacific Northwest Lullaby

Where Do I Sleep?: A Pacific Northwest Lullaby

by Jennifer Blomgren, Andrea Gabriel
     
 

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Cuddle up with this beautifully illustrated lullaby book featuring eighteen Northwest animals-deer, eagle, and salmon among them-bedding down for the night (or day!). Rhythmic and soothing four-line stanzas describe the animals' habitats and sleeping patterns, gently teaching children the importance of a good night's sleep.

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Cuddle up with this beautifully illustrated lullaby book featuring eighteen Northwest animals-deer, eagle, and salmon among them-bedding down for the night (or day!). Rhythmic and soothing four-line stanzas describe the animals' habitats and sleeping patterns, gently teaching children the importance of a good night's sleep.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
First-timers Blomgren and Gabriel team up for a tranquil bedtime poem that highlights animals of the Pacific Northwest. A series of pliant stanzas examines the sleeping habits of a dozen and a half different creatures, from sea otters and bald eagles to moose, gray whales and even anemone ("Where do I sleep? In a soft, grass-lined nest,/ Where tender spring boughs hide the place that I rest," says the Hermit Thrush"). The book ends with a child at bedtime ("Where do I sleep? In a bunk bed down low"), whose toy versions of the animals mentioned populate his top bunk. Buoyed by the repetitive refrain of "Where do I sleep?" and lovely imagery (a Gray Wolf pup sleeps on "a pillow of grass"; a Water Dipper sleeps where the rocks are "worn smooth as an old satin slipper"), Blomgren's verses go down smoothly, while oversize pages offer an expansive canvas for Gabriel's accomplished pastels. Hewing to a nature-inspired palette of soft greens, browns and blues, she employs deft line strokes and shading to suggest fur, feathers, fins and blades of grass. The selection of animals may be of particular regional interest, but this appealing collaboration deserves a wide audience. Ages 2-6. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-On page after page, a variety of creatures asks the question posed in the title. The answers follow with a description of cliff sides, dens, grass-lined nests, streams, and mountainsides. The illustrations in soft pastels are the perfect accompaniment for this gentle text about the animals of the Pacific Northwest. Each illustration fills the entire page or spread and depicts a watchful, protective adult and offspring in a sleepy pose. The soft greens, gentle blues, and cozy browns will make children want to reach out and "pet" the book. The simple text is reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown's early work or the soothing, restful words of Reeve Lindbergh's Midnight Farm (Puffin, 1995). This book could be used in a bedtime storytime, for any quiet time, or for a patterned writing exercise. Young readers and reading buddies will want to return to it again and again. Adults will welcome a book designed to produce calm.-Dona J. Helmer, College Gate School Library, Anchorage, AK Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
This tender pair [with Why Do I Sing?] should make lovely bedtime additions. Gentle verses describe the sleeping and singing habits of various animals. Each of the illustrations contains the name of the animal in question. Soft and sweet yet beautifully textured, the images are lovely and will have readers poring over them.
—School Library Journal

Local author Jennifer Blomgren and illustrator Andrea Gabriel set the perfect bedtime tone for your wild ones with Where Do I Sleep? A Pacific Northwest Lullaby. Beautiful illustrations and a melodic lullaby follow Pacific Northwest critters as they prepare for bed each night.
—Seattle's Child

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570612589
Publisher:
Sasquatch Books
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.21(w) x 11.19(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jennifer Blomgren is both a writer and lover of nature. She has previously authored three children’s books.
 
Andrea Gabriel is the illustrator and/or author of eight picture books for children. She loves doing author visits to schools and is currently working on her first novel.

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