A Book of Sleep

Book review by
Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Gorgeous, enchanting bedtime read.

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Educational Value

Parents can use the questions in our "Families Can Talk About" section to help their kids connect with this book. Kids may learn some surprising facts about how animals sleep.

Positive Messages

Kids get the idea that sleep comes differently for different animals.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kids will like the watching owl who guides them through this world of sleep.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know there is nothing of concern in this lovely picture book. Night is a peaceful, content time here -- there’s nothing to fear in the dark.

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Kid, 5 years old December 2, 2009

What's the story?

All the world’s asleep -- except for the owl, who quietly watches different ways animals sleep on land and in the sea.

Is it any good?

This comforting book makes sleep time a beautiful curiosity rather than something to dread or fear. Il Sung Na’s bright-eyed owl watches over the snoozing world and shows how sleep is both universal and individual. He shows us whales sleeping as they move through the ocean, birds sleeping with one eye open, and a fish sleeping with both eyes wide open.

Na's illustrations make this a book to treasure. Kids will delight in the big-eyed birds and fish, and the delicate patterns playing across the animals and the night sky steep the simple story with magic and suggest sweet dreams abound. Absolutely beautiful, with a classic look and feel. Big-eyed birds and fish and the delicate patterns playing across the animals and the night sky steep the simple story with magic and suggest sweet dreams abound.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different ways animals sleep. Which ones surprised you? How do you go to sleep?

  • The owl is awake at night and sleeps during the day. Can you think of other animals that are nocturnal?

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