FICTION

Sleep: How Nature Gets Its Rest

Candlewick. Sept. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781536207989.
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Toddler-PreS–All animals sleep. Some sleep standing up, some sleep hanging down. Some sleep in groups and others sleep alone; some close their eyes and others keep them open. Prendergast presents a sweet bedtime tale that doubles as a beginning informational picture book. Children will enjoy the mixed media illustrations depicting familiar animals as chickens, horses, a cat and a dog, and other animals that might be new, such as sloths and meerkats. The illustrations, expressing the text faithfully, have a dreamlike quality achieved with soft curved brushes that invoke the different surroundings where animals slumber. This book can be used during a pajama storytime or at home during the nighttime routine. In addition, the back matter contains fun facts about the animals covered and five websites with information about animal habits.
VERDICT A classic-themed picture book that will connect children with animals while sharing some basic facts about them.

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