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Sweet dreams : how animals sleep
Kajikawa, Kimiko.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt, [1999]

Physical Description:
30 pages] : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Rhyming verses followed by factual information briefly describe the sleep habits of a variety of animals.
Reading Level:
250 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.4 0.5 44656.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.3 1 Quiz: 21498 Guided reading level: G.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
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QL755.3 .K36 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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In rhythmic words and affecting pictures, this inviting picture book introduces young children to a world of sleeping creatures. Some animals, like bats, sleep upside down, while others, like koalas and lions, snore up in the trees. Sharks, on the other hand, sleep with their eyes open wide so they won't miss a potential meal.

Animals large and small all have good reasons for sleeping the way they do, and Kimiko Kajikawa explores their particular and often humorous habits in this charming ode to bedtime. Sweet Dreams is a 2000 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Author Notes

Kimiko Kajikawa is the author and photographer of several books for young readers. A high school librarian, Ms. Kajikawa lives in Yardley, Pennsylvania, with her family and many pets.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. A photograph of an animal asleep is matched with a line of text, and, rather surprisingly, this is enough to introduce the concept of how animals sleep to young children. "Chipmunks curl in a furry ball" faces a photo of a snoozing chipmunk coiled on a bed of straw. Among the other animals introduced are a bat (hanging upside down), a black bear (in its den), and a flamingo (sleeping on one leg). A key at the book's conclusion repeats the pictures and gives another short paragraph of information about each animal. Some of the photos, such as the one of the koala, are terrific; the one of lions sprawled asleep in trees is on the fuzzy side. A simple introduction to a concept kids will find intriguing. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

In unobtrusively rhyming captions and intimate photographs from a variety of sources, Kajikawa captures animals both wild and domestic asleep in their natural habitats. The creatures come from land and sea, and their bedtime practices are diverse. Lions, said to "sleep wherever they please," are shown draped languidly over the boughs of a tree; horses "stand up straight and tall"; sharks "rest with eyes open wide." The last spread includes photos of a napping baby and mom and of a young girl, while the text makes the anticipated overture to readers: "Everyone sleeps in a different way./ How will you go to sleep today?" The appealing book design gives equal space to the photos and to the facing captions, which are set on photo-sized blank ground; both captions and photos are bordered in nursery-room yellow with muted blue motifs. Cleverly, this book goes beyond standard bedtime fare with its ample and intriguing endnotes, which offer a detailed paragraph on each animal's sleeping habits. Thoughtfully conceived, attractively executed. Ages 4-7. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-"Orangutans doze in a bed of leaves./Lions sleep wherever they please." Some animals sleep standing up, some clutch their babies as they hug trees, and others sleep underwater in this photographic introduction. A dozen animals appear in full-page portraits, each facing a brief line of text phrased as part of a loosely rhymed couplet. Each page is attractively framed by white insets against soft yellow backgrounds. Animal names are set in bold decorative letters, offering young viewers a lovely beginning-to-read experience. Closing pages feature human sleepers and a set of questions inviting youngsters to think about their own sleep habits. A final picture glossary includes an informative paragraph about each animal. The murky underwater view of a heap of hippos is puzzling, but otherwise the book presents information effectively. The topic and pleasing pages also provide a fitting opportunity for using nonfiction as bedtime fare.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.