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Sleep Like a Tigerby Mary Logue
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Does everything in the world go to sleep? Even dogs? Cats? Not bats! Whales? Tiny snails? Grizzly bears? Tigers in the jungle?
In an innovative bedtime book for young readers, the rich, fresh look of Caldecott Honor Medalist Pamela Zagarenski's luminous illustrations paired with Mary Logue's poetic and unadorned language frame the very simple-sounding question: does everything in the world go to sleep? The text, touched with a Runaway Bunny-like cadence, is a sincere and imaginative dialogue between a not-sleepy child and her understanding parents, where in the end, the little girl decides in a cocoon of sheets, a nest of blankets, she is ready to sleep, warm and strong, just like a tiger. This seamless, kid-centric picture book not only connects the child to the natural world, but also connects the reader to a larger, mysterious dreamscape, one imagination can only fathom.
A book certain to give you good dreams!
"'I'm not tired,' says a small girl in a red dress and a crown. 'I'm just not sleepy.' Her affectionate parents — who also wear crowns — aren't fazed. 'They nodded their heads and said she didn't have to go to sleep. But she had to put her pajamas on.' The three talk about the different ways animals sleep, taking their cue from family pets and the girl's stuffed animals. Zagarenski's gently surreal jewel-box paintings chart the movement of the girl's imagination as she considers bears ('mighty sleepers,' her parents call them), snails ('They curl up like a cinnamon roll'), and tigers. 'When he's not hunting, he finds some shade, closes his eyes, and sleeps. That way he stays strong,' she says. It's this image that holds the greatest promise of safety for the girl; as she drifts off, she imagines herself curled in the curve of the tiger's tail, embracing a stuffed tiger as she sleeps. Zagarenski's paintings take Logue's story to places marvelously distant in thought and time; each spread holds treasures to find even after several readings. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In an innovative bedtime book for young readers, the fresh look of Caldecott Honor Medalist Pamela Zagarenski's luminous illustrations paired with Mary Logue's poetic and unadorned language frame the very simple-sounding question: does everything in the world go to sleep? This is a book certain to give you good dreams!
2013 Randolph Caldecott Honor Award
In this magical bedtime story, the lyrical narrative echoes a Runaway Bunny - like cadence: “Does everything in the world go to sleep?” the little girl asks. In sincere and imaginative dialogue between a not-at-all sleepy child and understanding parents, the little girl decides “in a cocoon of sheets, a nest of blankets,” she is ready to sleep, warm and strong, just like a tiger. The Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenskis rich, luminous mixed-media paintings effervesce with odd, charming details that nonsleepy children could examine for hours. A rare gem.
About the Author
Caldecott Honor Medalist Pamela Zagarenski is a brilliant painter of many worlds. As well as illustrating picture books, she creates sculptures and large paintings, which can be viewed at an art gallery in Mystic, Connecticut. She divides her time between Stonington, Connecticut, and her house on Prince Edward Island.
Award-winning author Mary Logue has written more than twenty books for children. She lives on the Mississippi with writer Pete Hautman. This is her first book with Houghton Mifflin.
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