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Sleep Like a Tiger

by Mary Logue
Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 2012
32 pages
ISBN: 978-0-547-64102-7

Ages 2-5

“Does everything in the world go to sleep?” asks a little girl who doesn’t feel sleepy even though it’s bedtime. “Yes,” reply her parents. Their dog is asleep. Their cat is asleep. Bats sleep in daytime. Whales sleep while swimming in circles. Snails “curl up like cinnamon rolls inside their shell.” Bears are “mighty sleepers.” And tigers, add the little, girl, sleep to stay strong. In Mary Logue’s exquisitely crafted bedtime story, all the creatures mentioned in the little girl’s exchange with her parents in the first half of the book are used to describe the little girl settling into sleep as the text unwinds. Eventually, she “snuggled deep as a bear, the deep-sleeping bear, and like the strong tiger, fell fast … asleep.” The narrative is set against whimsical mixed-media illustrations that are soothing and sleep-filled scenes but also full of surprises. Honor Book, 2013 Charlotte Zolotow Award  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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