Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sleep Like a Tiger

Cover art for SLEEP LIKE A TIGER

Author: Mary Logue
Illustrator:   Pamela Zagarenski
Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year:   2012
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee

Awards:   Caldecott Honor; Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, School Library Journal starred reviews

Summary:  When a little girl doesn't want to go to sleep, her parents assure her that she only has to put on her pajamas, brush her teeth & wash her face, and climb into bed. Then she talks to them about all the animals in the world sleeping: dogs, cats, bats, whales, snails, and bears. Even tigers sleep. The little girl gets comfortable in her warm bed and falls asleep like a tiger. The illustrations are mixed-media on wood and practically beg the reader to enter the peaceful fanciful world. The final spread with the tiger asleep holding a girl doll and the girl curled up next to him holding a stuffed tiger is a masterpiece. If I was having a baby, THIS would be the theme of the nursery!

Classroom Ideas:This book is full of beautiful figurative language. There are great similes ("lying as still as an otter floating in a stream").

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