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While You Were Sleeping [Board Book]


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PreS-When Daisy's mother greets her in the morning, she says, "...the animals that were awake last night have gone to bed now." Daisy asks what they were doing, and what follows is a counting book of night creatures: "while you were sleeping, one tiger went hunting in the jungle...two mice made a warm, cozy nest in the hay." The text is on glossy double-page spreads that feature bears, owls, dolphins, deer, geese, rabbits, elephants, and, finally, 10 penguins that "jumped out of the icy sea...to join one hundred friends." The final spread invites readers to find 10 penguins in Daisy's room. The story and illustrations are sweet but bland.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

In this luxuriantly illustrated counting book, towheaded Daisy learns from her mother that the animal world has been a busy place while she slept: one tiger hunted in the jungle, two mice made a nest in the hay and ever-growing groups of other species frolicked and flew. "And when you go to bed tonight," says Daisy's mother, "they'll all wake up again." Butler's (Little Sibu) soothing, restrained text reads like a lullaby, but his full-bleed, double-spread animals portraits are the stuff of wide-eyed wonder, especially when he renders his subjects in close-up. The mixed-media pictures exude a romantic, unabashedly Victorian sensibility: the solitary tiger stands nobly in sunset, while four baby owls huddled together in an oak tree express a poignant vulnerability. The closing spread reveals that the aforementioned animals all reside in Daisy's room (six deer decorate her lampshade, seven geese "fly" in a mobile, etc.). Butler's menagerie makes for an attractive alternative to counting sheep at bedtime. Ages 1-5. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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