Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue. il by Pamela Zagarenski.
Houghton Mifflin: NY, 2012.
Caldecott Honor 2013.

The most striking thing about this book is the illustrations. Beautifully detailed, brightly colored and multi-textured. Page after page of gorgeous paintings with a fairy tale flair.

The book is a bedtime ritual story with a twist. The parents quietly urge the girl to continue preparing for bed as they assure her it is okay she is not sleepy. Examples of how animals sleep are discussed. Once left alone in bed, the girl thinks of each animal sleeping and imagines a similar thing for herself. There is a sleepy mood to go with the theme.

I am not normally interested in sleep based books, but this particular one is very nice. I like the writing better, perhaps because it is more of a story than is usual for this type of book. The illustrations exhibit great imagination, and one could get lost in observing the details.

related-bedtime habits, sleeping, imagining
RL=1st-2nd, read aloud with babies and toddlers

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