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Who's Awake in Springtime?
     

Who's Awake in Springtime?

by Phillis Gershator, Emilie Chollat (Illustrator), Mim Green
 

In this rhythmic springtime tale, animals of all kinds get ready to sleep. As the sun sets, fish find a place to hide, cats curl up, and sheep huddle in their wool coats. Still, not everyone is asleep . . . the minnow, the kitten, the lamb—and a little boy—are all awake (but not for long!).

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In this rhythmic springtime tale, animals of all kinds get ready to sleep. As the sun sets, fish find a place to hide, cats curl up, and sheep huddle in their wool coats. Still, not everyone is asleep . . . the minnow, the kitten, the lamb—and a little boy—are all awake (but not for long!).

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“The popeyed cartoon faces are appealing, while the clever compositions add a ‘look-and-find' element. A playful and inviting bedtime tale.” —Booklist

“In this cumulative tale, baby animals stay awake as their grown-ups go down for the evening. …Chollat's playful and detailed illustrations will have readers taking a closer look to see if they can spot the boy in each spread. The repeated refrain of "Not I" is perfect for read-alouds and will surely encourage those listening to chime in.” —School Library Journal

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In this cumulative tale, baby animals stay awake as their grown-ups go down for the evening. As the question "Who's asleep?" is asked of the creatures in the sea, pond, meadow, garden, and treetop, baby animals everywhere answer, "Not I!" A child dressed in a sheep costume frolics through the panels featuring snoozing fish, sleeping ducks, dreaming turtles, napping birds, snoring bees, curled-up cats, and caterpillars in silken beds. Once the boy gets to the pasture, it's party time as the sheep all jump and play until they drop. The boy's mother asks, "Is anyone awake?" Eventually the little lamb boy climbs into bed for his nap, just like all of the other baby animals. Chollat's playful and detailed illustrations will have readers taking a closer look to see if they can spot the boy in each spread. The repeated refrain of "Not I" is perfect for read-alouds and will surely encourage those listening to chime in. Pair this whimsical story with Claire Freedman's Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones (Good Bks., 2005) or Julie Markes's Shhhhh! Everybody's Sleeping (HarperCollins, 2005) for a soothing storytime.—Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
"Down, down goes the sun, / And down in the sea, / Fish find a safe place to hide. // Who's asleep? / ‘Not I,' says the minnow." Habitat by habitat, a child dressed in a lamb costume investigates the possible sleepers: ducks in the pond, turtles near the pond, bees in the garden, birds in the trees and so on. Gershator and Green provide a sweetly rhythmic cumulative survey of the fauna; Chollat supplies bright, flat acrylic-and-collage illustrations to depict the fun, but she sacrifices recognizable realism to the detriment of the whole. The duckling looks like an adult duck; the baby jay looks like a yellow cartoon chick (as do all the presumably adult jays). The reason for this can be seen in the child's bedroom accessories, but that last spread comes too late to satisfy quibblers. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805063905
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
02/16/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Mim Green once shared many a bedtime story with her daughter, Phillis Gershator. Phillis is the author of Summer Is Summer and When It Starts to Snow. Co-author Mim was an animator, puppeteer, and award winning artist. A song by David Gershator written especially for Who's Awake? can be heard on the CD "This Is the Day! Storysongs and Singalongs." www.phillisgershator.com

Emilie Chollat has illustrated many books for young readers, including Ackamarackus and The Please and Thank You Book. She lives in Marseilles, France with her family.www.emiliechollat.com

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