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ISBN13: 9780689867354
ISBN10: 0689867352
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During the day, the boy has been to the zoo where he has seen a lion and her cub. As nighttime falls, the boy and his father share a book. It's the boy's bedtime, but the boy is not sleepy. He is still with the lions. andlt;iandgt;Sleepy Boyandlt;/iandgt; is a lovely hymn from a new author — a hymn to day and to night, to awake and to asleep, to mother and child, to father and son.

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"With its exquisite artwork and mesmerizing text, this bedtime book is simply enchanting. Anderson's (Weaving the Rainbow) watercolor and charcoal paintings bring to mind Mary Cassatt's portraits of children, but they are suffused with a remarkable golden Renaissance light. 'Here is a boy who will not sleep,' begins the book, as readers see just the boy's toes; a turn of the page puts the view in context — a restless boy with his feet propped on the headboard of his bed as he reflects on his day watching lions at the zoo. Another spread reveals only the boy's wide-open eyes, with the reflected image of a lion cub, a recurring visual motif. First-time author Kanevsky describes the fidgety boy's thoughts with sensitivity and minute detail as he feels 'his eyelashes/ making tiny movements,/ fanning the air under his eyes.' Anderson blurs the distinction between the boy's real and imagined worlds with a palette that echoes the lions' fur and with images of the cub trying to climb onto the boy's bed or looking out the window. Finally, the boy hears the cub's low purr and they fall asleep together. The father's tenderness as he caresses his son's head on the book's startling cover painting is in harmony with the alert watchfulness of the lioness as she mothers her cub. Ages 2-5." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Polly Kanevskyandlt;/bandgt; lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, Chris, and their two cats. She is a graphic designer. This is her first book.andlt;bandgt;Stephanie Andersonandlt;/bandgt; lives in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Her first picture book was andlt;Iandgt;Weaving the Rainbow,andlt;/iandgt; by George Ella Lyon, in which her art was praised by andlt;Iandgt;Kirkus Reviewsandlt;/iandgt; as "exquisite."

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Book Dads, January 14, 2010 (view all comments by Book Dads)
A little boy has had a busy day, watching lions in the zoo. Now he is a sleepy boy who can’t sleep, so his father lies beside him in bed and tells him to close his eyes. As the boy hears the sounds of his mother moving in the house and slowly drifts into sleep, he feels his father’s presence beside him. He peeks an eye open to look into his father’s eye, hears his father’s slow breathing, feels his father’s scratchy chin and smells the scent of his soap.

The illustrations, diffuse and softly glowing, perfectly portray the sleepy feeling of the story and the imaginary little lion cub who comes to visit. A wonderful book that perfectly evokes and celebrates what it feels like for a little boy to be in the physical presence of his father.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689867354
ill.:
Anderson, Stephanie,
Publisher:
Atheneum Books
Illustrator:
Anderson, Stephanie
Author:
Anderson, Stephanie
Author:
Anderson, Step
Author:
hanie
Author:
Kanevsky, Polly
Location:
New York
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
Bedtime & Dreams
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Animals - Lions Tigers Leopards etc.
Subject:
Bedtime
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B221
Series:
Richard Jackson Books
Series Volume:
18445
Publication Date:
April 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to K
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c jkt-interior
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
10 x 10 in 16.275 oz
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
2-5

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Product details 32 pages Atheneum Books - English 9780689867354 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With its exquisite artwork and mesmerizing text, this bedtime book is simply enchanting. Anderson's (Weaving the Rainbow) watercolor and charcoal paintings bring to mind Mary Cassatt's portraits of children, but they are suffused with a remarkable golden Renaissance light. 'Here is a boy who will not sleep,' begins the book, as readers see just the boy's toes; a turn of the page puts the view in context — a restless boy with his feet propped on the headboard of his bed as he reflects on his day watching lions at the zoo. Another spread reveals only the boy's wide-open eyes, with the reflected image of a lion cub, a recurring visual motif. First-time author Kanevsky describes the fidgety boy's thoughts with sensitivity and minute detail as he feels 'his eyelashes/ making tiny movements,/ fanning the air under his eyes.' Anderson blurs the distinction between the boy's real and imagined worlds with a palette that echoes the lions' fur and with images of the cub trying to climb onto the boy's bed or looking out the window. Finally, the boy hears the cub's low purr and they fall asleep together. The father's tenderness as he caresses his son's head on the book's startling cover painting is in harmony with the alert watchfulness of the lioness as she mothers her cub. Ages 2-5." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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