While You Were Sleeping

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this luxuriantly illustrated counting book, towheaded Daisy learns from her mother that the animal world has been a busy place while she slept: one tiger hunted in the jungle, two mice made a nest in the hay and ever-growing groups of other species frolicked and flew. "And when you go to bed tonight," says Daisy's mother, "they'll all wake up again." Butler's (Little Sibu) soothing, restrained text reads like a lullaby, but his full-bleed, double-spread animals portraits are the stuff of wide-eyed wonder, especially when he renders his subjects in close-up. The mixed-media pictures exude a romantic, unabashedly Victorian sensibility: the solitary tiger stands nobly in sunset, while four baby owls huddled together in an oak tree express a poignant vulnerability. The closing spread reveals that the aforementioned animals all reside in Daisy's room (six deer decorate her lampshade, seven geese "fly" in a mobile, etc.). Butler's menagerie makes for an attractive alternative to counting sheep at bedtime. Ages 1-5. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The opening scene in this board book shows a night sky filled with stars and a bright full moon. While the little one you are reading to is getting ready to sleep, animals around the world are busy. Butler counts from one to ten with beautiful illustration—one tiger, four baby owls, seven geese and ten penguins and lots more in between. This trip around the world is a quiet one, appropriate to share at bedtime, but the book is appealing enough that kids will want it reread at other than bedtime. 2001, Peachtree, $6.95. Ages 9 mo. to 2. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Library Journal
PreS-When Daisy's mother greets her in the morning, she says, "...the animals that were awake last night have gone to bed now." Daisy asks what they were doing, and what follows is a counting book of night creatures: "while you were sleeping, one tiger went hunting in the jungle...two mice made a warm, cozy nest in the hay." The text is on glossy double-page spreads that feature bears, owls, dolphins, deer, geese, rabbits, elephants, and, finally, 10 penguins that "jumped out of the icy sea...to join one hundred friends." The final spread invites readers to find 10 penguins in Daisy's room. The story and illustrations are sweet but bland.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561452545
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: BOARD
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 372,312
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted November 14, 2012

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    Last summer I feel in love with the books and artistry of John B

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2005

    Beautiful pictures

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2001

    Sleeply Special

    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.

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