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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!
In thisand#160;sweet and simpleand#160;picture bookand#160;read-aloud,and#160;five restless sheep canand#8217;t get to sleep until a helpful collie comes to their rescue.
In the tradition of Margaret Wise Brown, Mary Lyn Ray presents a hushed picture book about the rhythm of the natural world on a small farmand#160;as all creatures prepare for sleep. Artist Christopher Silas Neal's classicand#160;illustrationsand#160;quietand#160;even the most restlessand#160;little night owls with familiar childlike imagery and the comforts of routine. All is well, it reminds them. Now is the time for dreams.
Somewhere a bee
Makes a bed in a rose,
Because the bee knows
Day has come to a close.
Nighttime blankets a little farm. An owl who-hoots. A bear curls up in a log. A mother fox calls her pups home to the den. But animals arenand#8217;t the only ones preparing to rest.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; In the tradition of Margaret Wise Brown,and#160;with classically styled picture bookand#160;illustrations and fresh, childlike imagery, this poetic bedtime book, as peaceful as it is warm, will wrap young ones in the comforts of routine. All is well, it reminds them. Now is the time for dreams.
Darkness is falling everywhere and little ones are getting sleepy, feeling cozy, and being tucked in. Itand#8217;s time for a wide yawn, a big hug, and a snuggle under the covers--sleep tight! and#8220;Working beautifully with the soothingly repetitive text, each painting conveys a warm feeling of safety and affection.and#8221;--School Library Journal
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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