While You Are Sleeping: A Lift-the-Flap Book of Time Around the World

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As one child goes to bed, another child is waking up on the other side of the world. With each page turn, readers see the same moment in time in nine different countries: the United States, Nigeria, Japan, Mexico, India, Thailand, Haiti, England, and Brazil. The lift-the-flap feature makes the "big idea" concept of time accessible to young readers. Open the book to a child reading before bed in Alaska, then lift the flap on the opposite page to see someone in Nigeria getting ...

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Overview

As one child goes to bed, another child is waking up on the other side of the world. With each page turn, readers see the same moment in time in nine different countries: the United States, Nigeria, Japan, Mexico, India, Thailand, Haiti, England, and Brazil. The lift-the-flap feature makes the "big idea" concept of time accessible to young readers. Open the book to a child reading before bed in Alaska, then lift the flap on the opposite page to see someone in Nigeria getting dressed to start her day.

Durga Bernhard’s simple text and whimsical illustrations make WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING a perfect read-aloud–especially for bedtime. Back matter includes a map and author’s note explaining time zones and highlighting the different countries featured in the text.

An excellent resource for all areas of the curriculum, this book invites readers to learn more about the cultures, people, and places in the world around them.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Well-suited to storytime, bedtime, or just about any other time, this soothing picture book leapfrogs around the globe to drive home the idea that in any given moment, kids worldwide are sleeping, working, playing, and dreaming. "While you are reading," Bernhard opens, "on the other side of the world, someone is getting dressed." Opposite an Alaskan mother and child reading together at 10 p.m., a circular flap lifts to reveal a Nigerian girl tying her head wrap at 9 a.m. From there, Bernhard jumps to Japan, Mexico, India, and elsewhere as children engage in everyday activities. A closing note touches on time zones, the prime meridian, and 12- versus 24-hour clocks. Ages 5–8. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—As she did with In the Fiddle Is a Song (Chronicle, 2006), Bernhard has taken a relatively complicated concept and presented it with elegant clarity. She begins her journey in Alaska at 10:00 p.m., with a mother reading a story to her child. Meanwhile "on the other side of the world, someone is getting dressed." A small circular flap depicts a Nigerian village, and when lifted it shows a child completing the action described at 9:00 a.m. The next page shows that same child walking through her village holding a pineapple and a loaf of bread and states: "While you are carrying, someone is walking home with a friend." The corresponding flap on the page opposite depicts a Japanese village, and it is lifted to reveal two Japanese boys making their way home at 5:00 p.m. The pattern continues, moving from country to country with children performing actions appropriate to a particular time of day until readers are back in Alaska at 10:00 p.m. with a now-slumbering child. The carefully composed gouache illustrations use mostly muted shades punctuated with occasional splashes of bright color and accurately depict the architecture, landscape, dress, etc., of each country. The small flaps are superimposed on maps that show the location of both the country and the continent. Lift-the-flap books tend not to fare well in general circulation, but this one would work well either one-on-one or in a group setting for a lesson that includes time, geography, and diversity.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Kirkus Reviews

A clever design allows readers to travel the world, one page turn at a time. "While you are reading, / on the other side of the world, / someone is getting dressed." The illustrations show an Alaskan child curled up in bed with a parent at 10 p.m., facing a map of Africa, Nigeria highlighted, with an inset gatefold. A flip reveals a young Nigerian girl at 9 a.m. Turning the page reveals that same Nigerian girl opposite a Japanese child...and so on until the circular tale returns to Alaska. Teachers will appreciate Bernhard's incorporation of 12- and 24-hour digital clocks, as well as the analog clock hiding under each round gatefold. The final page is a map of the world delineated by time zone and includes thumbnails from each highlighted country. A small text block explains the reason for the time zones and tells how they work. Gorgeous illustrations combine beautiful colors with a glimpse of life in other countries—the houses, foods and activities of faraway places. Both educational and somnolent, this does for younger children what David A. Adler'sTime Zones(2010) did for older ones.(Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570914737
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 18
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Durga Bernhard is the author/illustrator of several picture books, including FIDDLE IS A SONG (Chronicle), TO & FRO, FAST & SLOW (Walker & Company), and EARTH, SKY, WET, DRY (Orchard). Durga lives in Shankaden, New York.

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