Awake, Asleep

Scholastic/Orchard. May 2023. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781338776218.
PreS–Gentle narration with a reliable rhythm and sturdy rhyme lightly relates the happenings of an average day. Wake up. Eat breakfast. Take a walk. Play. Study. Learn. Grow. Take a bath, and back to bed. Every page or two comprises only eight words—“A kiss, a blink, a dawn, a break./ A yawn, a peep, a stretch, awake!” Lukoff’s text is brilliant in its simplicity, accompanied by Alam’s warm digital illustrations. Myriad people young and old are observed doing daily activities; the book has a few families representing multiracial, multigenerational, non-nuclear combinations. The beginning and ending cleverly show the same scenes in reverse, as the sun rises with hope and then sets on this lovely tale, to be repeated again and again.
VERDICT A must-have for any collection, and perfect for classroom naptime, read-alouds, baby story hours, or toddler bedtimes.

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