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Author: Gail Langer Karwoski

Illustrator: Connie McLennan

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Publisher: Arbordale Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: I sleep in my bed, but what about the whales and the dolphins and the otters? How do they sleep? Where do they sleep? Follow along as a young child imagines himself sleeping like the other sea animals do. This picture book uses fantasy to teach children about the sleep habits of marine mammals.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 3.6

Age of Child: Read with 6½-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter was less interested in listening to the story than she was looking for the "cute" animals (like the sea otters) and imitating them.

Adult Reader Reaction: This was an interesting way to talk about how animals sleep underwater. The illustrations are beautiful and soothing ... just what you want at bedtime. Of all the "For Creative Minds" projects that I've seen in Sylvan Dell books, I really liked the drawing instructions. What a great way to show kids how similar and unique animals can be.

Pros: Kids can see for themselves the answer to one of their favorite questions: how do animals sleep underwater?

Cons: By using the term "little person," the author approached her readers at arms length. It's not a very personable or friendly greeting, and is really rather stilted to read. The artist may have been trying to create a gender-neutral child, but when asked, my daughter said it was a boy.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. For personal reading, this is an enjoyable book, but not the kind of story you'd share every day. This is STRONGLY recommended for a school or public library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: OCEAN SEASONS   YOU'RE BLUSHING, LITTLE OCTOPUS (Webs to Whales Nature Tales)   UNDER THE SEA (Usborne Lift-the-flap)

Educational Themes: Younger children (pre-readers) will enjoy exploring the pictures. Ask them to point out the child, or pretend to be the child sleeping like the pictured mammal. You can expand the science value of the book with the "For Creative Minds" section and the drawing.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, animals, nature, ocean, interactive learning

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2008

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