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Yawn Heard Round the World

Yawn Heard Round the World

by Scott Thomas, Tatjana Mai-Wyss
     
 
Here's your ticket to a '¬?round-the-world journey with a most unusual tour guide. Departing from Sarah'¬?s bedroom, her yawn makes an eastbound tour of the globe through Cuba, France, Chad, Russia, China, the blue Pacific, Peru. . .and beyond. Will it ever stop?!Bouncy rhymes and watercolor collages enliven each episode in this contagiously funny tale of a

Overview

Here's your ticket to a '¬?round-the-world journey with a most unusual tour guide. Departing from Sarah'¬?s bedroom, her yawn makes an eastbound tour of the globe through Cuba, France, Chad, Russia, China, the blue Pacific, Peru. . .and beyond. Will it ever stop?!Bouncy rhymes and watercolor collages enliven each episode in this contagiously funny tale of a silent phenomenon familiar to even the most wide-awake sleepy-head in the world. Lift the flap to reveal the yawn'¬?s final destination. Spirited yet appropriate for bedtime.Teaches some light geography.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
What does a yawn spawn? More yawns, of course, as this whimsical story by two newcomers demonstrates. As young Sara fights bedtime ("I'm not through having fun today./ Let me stay up. I want to play!"), a gigantic yawn overtakes her. Her infectious yawn quickly spreads to the rest of her family-animals included-then over phone lines and across oceans before the far-flung yawn returns to find Sara (with the lift of a flap) asleep. Thomas's verse grows a bit awkward as the lines go in search of a rhyme ("Russia! China! The blue Pacific/ where the cruise ship Miss Terrific/ was plowing through a gusty gale/ That yawn surprised a big blue whale") but Mai-Wyss's spry illustrations remain consistently energized. Snatches of collage contribute added visual interest: a photo of an actual triangular quilt edge trims Sara's bedspread; small snapshots of real homes sit alongside paintings of others. In an inspired touch, the artist uses a confetti-like motif of tiny x's, o's and miniscule dots in bright colors to convey the contagious yawn as it jumps from Cuba to Paris (where a lady dining on noodles with three fancy pink poodles "plopped into a soggy snooze") before spreading to Chad, Peru and beyond. Especially clever is the scene of a panda and brown bear, who represent China and Russia, respectively, drowsily stretching as the yawn hits them via space satellite. A round-the-globe jaunt that is far from ho-hum. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
How familiar is the scene for both parents and children. It is bedtime, but little Sara isn't sleepy—or so she says, until she yawns. The domino effect begins with Sara's mom, then her dad and continues around the globe, finding Sara at last snoozing. This delightful story, based on the premise that yawning is contagious, provides three-fold delight. It seems to prove the old superstition, it provides a quick trip through several countries, and it offers opportunities for the young listener to make predictions about what comes next. Illustrations offer clues on each page about who or what will be infected next with the desire to "open wide." The beginning reader will quickly grasp the vocabulary and be able to share their own prowess with words at bedtime with mom or dad as listener. Amusing illustrations fill each page and giggles will prevail—at least until the child falls prey to that age-old precursor to the sandman. 2003, Tricycle Press/Ten Speed Press,
— Janice DeLong
School Library Journal
Gr 1-2-"I'm not sleepy," says Sara when her mother tells her it is time for bed. Her WIDE yawn "from deep inside" triggers a chain reaction, as her father "yawned as loudly as a tuba-/they heard it all the way in Cuba." Sara's soulful hound, a bird on a leaning Eiffel Tower, pink poodles, babies, an opera singer, whales, fish, and even a tiny bee all open their mouths to yawn in a series of angled cartoon impressions of the sleepy creatures, softly presented in watercolors, gouache, colored pencils, and collage. Font sizes echo action, while the rhyming text literally winds past yawning creatures identified and highlighted with a dusting of confetti color. The global impact of the child's yawn is nicely foreshadowed in the postcards of Cuba, France, and a cruise ship framing her bedroom mirror. An imaginative romp with creatively detailed art.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In a joint debut for both Thomas and Mai-Wyss, the unusual subject of the highly contagious nature of a yawn is combined with a whirlwind tour to create an amusing story that works despite the unlikely premise and a sing-songy rhyming text. A little girl named Sara doesn’t want to go to bed, although she is sleepy enough for one huge yawn that starts off a chain reaction. The yawn moves on to her mother, her dog, her father, her Aunt Lucy in Cuba and then on to the world. The yawn travels on to Paris in a funny scene with a yawning Eiffel Tower, and then to Africa, up in space, over China, Russia, and the Pacific Ocean, and on to South America. The yawns blow back into Sara’s neighborhood, with two tiny yawning birds perched on a fold-out flap of Sara’s pink house. Mai-Wyss uses her charming watercolors to great effect, illustrating some difficult concepts. Globally minded teachers and parents will enjoy helping children find the story’s locations on a globe or world map. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582460512
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Pages:
30
Product dimensions:
10.62(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

When he'¬?s not too sleepy, SCOTT THOMAS likes to juggle balls and clubs and think up adventures to try. A first-time children'¬?s book author, he works for a newspaper and lives with his family in Buffalo, New York.
TATJANA MAI-WYSS lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with her husband, new baby, and crazy cat, Friday. This is her first picturebook.

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