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A place to sleep
Meade, Holly.
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Publication Information:
New York : Marshall Cavendish, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 33 cm
Presents a variety of animals and the places where they might sleep, from a bear snoozing in the arms of a tree to a boy in bed.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 54324.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC.BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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In a bedtime story sure to give youngsters sweet dreams, vivid watercolors show how the rest of the animal kingdom prepares for sleep.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. This beautifully illustrated, oversize picture book looks at animals' favorite spots for snoozing. An imaginatively worded question ("Where oh where would this fish float to, to find a siesta of sorts?") accompanies a double-spread collage devoted to an animal--a seal, a fish, a bear, a cat, and so on. A turn of the page reveals an answer and sometimes a bit of related information about the animal. Also part of the spread is a small, high-contrast black-and-white illustration showing the slumbering animal. The book can easily be used as an interactive guessing game in which children speculate about each animal's sleeping choice. But with an ending showing a brother and sister climbing into bed ("clean and soft, under covers and with kisses"), it can also serve as a magical bedtime story. --Lauren Peterson

Publisher's Weekly Review

From her inaugural image (a pajama-clad tot leaning sleepily against an elephant's leg) Caldecott Honor artist Meade (Hush! A Thai Lullaby) introduces a thoroughly engaging cast of characters as she takes an entertaining and informative look at where various animals choose to rest at the end of the day. On each spread, the author asks a question and answers it with the turn of a page, revealing where one species reposes and then challenging readers to guess where the next might select to sleep. Featuring a lilting, lullaby-like cadence, her narrative rolls easily off the tongue: "When his bananas are all gone,/ and sleep is coming on, where might this monkey swing to?/ High to a limb,/ and limp as a peel,/ that's the place/ you'll find him." The volume's innovative design features an oversize format and type that sprawls across the pages in various configurations, aping the motion of the creatures. Meade effectively combines two artistic styles: after spare and striking collage art offers a close-up, full-color depiction of each animal, readers flip the page to find a more abstract black-and-white silhouette of the critter in its resting place. Concluding with a scene in which two children fall asleep (in "beds clean and soft,/ under covers and with kisses"), this is a soothing bedtime read for young animal lovers. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-In riddle format, Meade asks readers to think about where various animals sleep. Children are treated to large, distinctive collages of such animals as a bear snoozing in a tree, a puppy trying to think where to sleep, a jack-rabbit hopping to "her cozy burrow," and finally a boy and girl "Tucked in and tuckered out-." Each question appears with a colorful collage of the animal on one page; turn the page to see a graphically bold, black-and-white illustration of where it sleeps. The language is descriptive as well: "Where oh where would this fish float to, to find a siesta of sorts?" [Turn the page] "The shadows of the shallows suit this fish-." Finally, readers learn a fact about how each animal sleeps, such as elephants don't lie down, fish keep their eyes open, etc. With its oversized format, stunning art, and lyrical text, this is a great choice for storyhours as well as bedtime reading.-Cathie Reed, The Montessori School, Lutherville, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.