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When Sheep Sleep
by Laura Joffe Numeroff and David M. McPhail


Overview - By "New York Times" #1 best-selling author, Laura Numeroff and award-winning illustrator, David McPhail!
When you can't fall asleep
Then try counting sheep!
But what do you do if the sheep are already asleep? "New York Times" best-selling author Laura Numeroff, has crafted the perfect lullaby in which a small child imagines she encounters many cuddly animal families, only to find that they, too, are snuggled fast asleep!
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Overview

By "New York Times" #1 best-selling author, Laura Numeroff and award-winning illustrator, David McPhail!
When you can't fall asleep
Then try counting sheep!
But what do you do if the sheep are already asleep? "New York Times" best-selling author Laura Numeroff, has crafted the perfect lullaby in which a small child imagines she encounters many cuddly animal families, only to find that they, too, are snuggled fast asleep! Lovely, soothing watercolors by award-winning and critically acclaimed illustrator David McPhail capture the dreaminess of bedtime.
Laura Numeroff and David McPhail, two icons in the world of children's books, make an invincible team with their first collaboration, "When Sheep Sleep." Children will reach for this new classic again and again as the warm, gentle illustrations and calming rhyme lull them to sleep.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 0810954699
  • ISBN-10: 0810954699
  • Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: October 2006
  • Page Count: 22
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-7

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 53.
  • Review Date: 2006-09-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

For the child who isn't easily fooled into sleep—and the parent who must outsmart him—comes a soothing story that gently coerces little ones into bed. "When you can't fall asleep,/ Then try counting sheep!/ But what do you do if the sheep are asleep," beings Numeroff's (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie) reprise of the "what if" game. Rhyming verse smoothly moves the story along, as a girl and her teddy bear consider other animal alternatives. From pigs that "snore in a heap" to "cats on the sofa/ .../ snuggled asleep," the two soon learn that no creature is immune to the lure of eventual slumber. The rhythm of the verse produces an almost hypnotic effect, the better to act as a sleep-inducing agent for young listeners. Muted watercolor images of dozing creatures tenderly capture the peacefulness that accompanies sleep. McPhail (Mole Music) keeps readers' interest by mixing up the many perspectives from a child's eye–view, be it up close and personal while peering inside a rabbit hutch or observing a nest of birds from a safe distance. The final image of the entire ensemble at the foot of the bed of the now-sleeping girl leaves a satisfying last impression. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)

 
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