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Sleep and Dreams (Single Title: Science) Library Binding – March 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Single Title: Science
  • Library Binding: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531117359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531117354
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,088,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8-This concise overview begins with short descriptions of typical sleep patterns, the stages of sleep, and what happens in the human body during them. A chapter on sleep deprivation follows. The chapter on disorders, such as sleepwalking and sleep apnea, includes preventive measures and treatments. Relaxation techniques such as meditation are described in sufficient detail. The final chapter offers methods of guiding, remembering, and interpreting one's dreams. A short "Dream Encyclopedia" gives suggestions for understanding the symbolism of events and objects common in dreams. "To Find Out More" has a useful list of organizations and authoritative online sites. While easy to comprehend, some statements are oversimplified. For instance, in the description of REM sleep, the text states that eye movements are the eyes watching dream action and sounds "projected, in a way, on your eyelids" by the brain. Although now dated in some aspects, Alvin and Virginia Silverstein's work of the same name (HarperCollins, 1974) is considerably more detailed in describing animal and human sleep research techniques and conclusions, but it does not include guides to dream interpretation.

Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Gr. 7-12. Combining facts about the physiology of sleep with information about dreams and their interpretation, veteran health writer McPhee tackles several enormous subjects in one slim volume, with uneven results. Opening chapters clearly explain the cycles of sleep and do a fine job of emphasizing the dangers of sleep deprivation: "the reflexes of a sleep-deprived person are as slow and uncoordinated as those of someone who is legally drunk." The following chapters touch on sleep disorders and then briefly discuss dreams, including tips for remembering and analyzing them. Presented in a lackluster format with a few black-and-white diagrams and photographs, the information is best suited for supporting reports on sleep biology rather than answering readers' individual questions; sections on the treatment of sleep disorders will particularly disappoint readers seeking personal help. But McPhee offers satisfactory curricular support, and teens will have fun with the dream dictionary at book's end. A glossary and helpful resources, including Web sites, conclude. Gillian Engberg
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 27, 2001
Format: Library Binding
Andrew T. McPhee's Sleep And Dreams (11735-9) provides a simple coverage of the latest scientific findings on the nature of sleep. From insomnia to dreaming, this holds a little over 100 pages of the latest facts perfect for newcomers to the topic. A recommended pick for advanced elementary through middle school grade levels.
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