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Animals asleep
Matero, Robert.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, CT : Millbrook Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
80 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Describes the sleep and hibernation habits of a dozen animals including the woodchuck, hummingbird, rattlesnake, little brown bat, and human being.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.3 2.0 48725.
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QL755.3 .M38 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL755.3 .M38 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Irresistible! A fascinating exploration of the sleep habits of 12 widely diverse animals. From the brief rest stops of African elephants to the near-death hibernation of little brown bats, all levels and types of sleep are examined. The emphasis here is the importance of sleep for survival of any animal, including human beings.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. After stating the universal need for complete rest or sleep for "nature's creatures--from the huge 150-ton blue whale to the tiny pharaoh ant," Matero briefly explains sleep's benefits. The 12 clearly written chapters that follow discuss the behavior and sleep habits of individual species and, through these examples, the many types of rest. Some species, such as the woodchuck, hibernate in winter; the rattlesnake also experiences torpor and estivation. Young elephants nap lying down; the adults sleep standing up. Other species discussed include the black bear, brown bat, hummingbird, lobster, frog, and human being. Colorful photographs illustrate the text. Written for an older audience than most books on the subject, this will be a useful addition to many science collections. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-All kinds of creatures are represented in this informative book about different sleeping habits. Twelve animals are featured with added details on others in their species. Frogs, bats, and lobsters are here, along with hummingbirds, woodchucks, and parrotfish. Large, sharp, full-color photographs show the different methods of sleep. Beware: all of these animals pictured sleeping so peacefully may have a soporific effect on readers as well.-Cynde Marcengill, Horry County Memorial Library, Surfside Beach, SC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.