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Posted November 14, 2012
Last summer I feel in love with the books and artistry of John Butler. He is a gifted story-teller and illustrator of books for the very young. I reviewed "Hush, Little Ones" back in July. Read my review.
Today we're going to look at another of his gems for our wee-little-ones - "While You Were Sleeping." In this little board book he charmingly addresses what is going on in the world while the child is safely asleep - a concept that there is activity, daylight, movement going on when he is least aware. The "me-centric" world of the young child has difficulty grasping the idea that everyone is not asleep while he is and everyone is not at play while he is. So John Butler introduces the young to this idea of an active and a sleeping world.
The animals hunt, play, work, watch in the trees, romp in the ocean, trapse through the woods and all this is done while "you" sleep. To make it even MORE interesting and engaging to the young mind, it is a counting book. Count up to 10 as each critter is busy while you sleep safe and sound. So you can teach your little one two concepts with this adorable book - that of a world awake and asleep at the same time and that of counting to ten.
A nice read-aloud-at-bedtime book or read-anywhere book. Sized perfectly for the young child to carry about and treasure. Beautifully illustrated with drawings of a variety of wildlife from the tiniest mouse to dolphins, penguins, and elephants.
I encourage the purchase of John Butler's book and think you and yours will treasure it.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of While You Were Sleeping" by Peachtree Publishers on behalf of the author for the purpose of my rending an honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own and I was not obligated to give a positive review.
Posted February 11, 2005
A wonderful bedtime book in which richly drawn animals are on every page. The book counts different animals up to ten, so not only are you getting a great bedtime story, but you can also count the animals with your child.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 19, 2001
What a wonderful book to read to any age child, just before they go to bed. This book sets them up for a night full of wonderful dreams. With pictures so real, you can almost feel and touch the animals. It also sneaks in a counting lesson at the same time. I would highly recommend this book as a 'must have at least 2 copies of' because you ARE going to wear it out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.