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Lena's Sleep Sheep (Going-To-Bed Books)by Anita Lobel
Synopses & Reviews
After a hug and kiss from Mama and Papa, Lena is cozy in her bed and ready for her sleep sheep to help her fall asleep. But the sheep refuse to line up and be counted!
"We're sca-a-a-a-red!" the sheep baa together. "There's a round monster in the window, making faces at us. He looks hungry and ready for a sheep snack."
Lena's sheep are afraid of the full moon shining through her window. Can clever Lena help these silly sheep overcome their fears so that she can get a good night's sleep?
"After Lena's parents tuck her into bed, a conventional scenario gives way to a humorous fantasy. Needing help to fall asleep, she bids her 'woolly friends' to come out. 'I'm ready to count you now,' says the curly-haired girl. But the sheep are frightened by the 'round monster in the window' (the full moon, pictured making a grotesque face) and hide under Lena's bed. At her suggestion, they dress up in costumes so the moon 'will not know you are sheep.' This creates a new conundrum: they are so 'clumsy in their costumes' that they can't line up to be counted — until Lena finds a solution that helps her finally get to sleep. Her earnest, tactical conversation with the sheep takes some amusing turns; when they lament that the moon 'looks hungry and ready for a sheep snack,' she says, 'He's not hungry. He's already full.' Lobel's (Nini Lost and Found) gouache and watercolor art adds to the story's offbeat humor; the sheep's vivid disguises include cat masks, tutus, sailor outfits, and more. An inventive and slightly raucous bedtime tale. Ages 2 — 5." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
ANITA LOBEL is well known and well loved by picture-book fans young and old. She is the illustrator of On Market Street written by Arnold Lobel, which was a Caldecott Honor Book. Books she has both written and illustrated include Alison's Zinnia; One Lighthouse, One Moon; 10 Hungry Rabbits; and Nini Lost and Found,which was a Booklist's Editors' Choice 2010 and a Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of 2010.
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