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Length: 40 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Age Level: 3 - 7
Grade Level: P - 2

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PreS-Gr 1—This book is perfect for easing children into bed. Beginning with sunset and a young girl chasing fireflies with her grandmother, lyrically simple four-line stanzas bring readers from the field at dusk with "darkness glowing" to the farm where "piglets whuffle" to the town where "headlights shimmer" and to the night of a young boy's room as his mother tucks him into bed. The refrain "Yawn around, yawn around, sleepytime sky" repeats through each location, ending with "Yawn around, yawn around, sleepytime me./Night-night. Sleep tight. Sleep tight." The illustrations work seamlessly with the text, with blues and greens depicting the cool country night and warm yellows and golds in the lights of the town and home. Farm toys, cars, and trucks wait on the boy's star-printed rug for him to play again tomorrow. As the verse and artwork move from the vast sky to a small cozy bed, children will surely yawn and snuggle (and perhaps whuffle) as they drift off to sleep. This book is destined to be a much-requested, oft-repeated selection.—Martha Link Yesowitch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC

About the Author

EDITH HOPE FINE, a longtime writer, educator, and lifetime logophile ("lover of words'") is the author of many books for young readers, both fiction and nonfiction, most recently Water, Weed, and Wait. Her picture book Under the Lemon Moon was named a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book and a Parent's Choice Silver Honor Book. Sleepytime Me is her seventeenth book. Edith Hope Fine lives in Southern California.

CHRISTOPHER DENISE is an award-winning children's book illustrator and visual development artist. His first book, a retelling of the Russian folk tale The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, was described in Publishers Weekly as "a stunning debut." Since then, Christopher has illustrated more than twenty titles for young readers, including some in the acclaimed Redwall series by Brian Jacques. His books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list and have been recognized by the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Awards, School Library Journal, Bank Street College of Education, Parents' Choice Foundation, and the Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition. Christopher Denise lives in Rhode Island with his wife and three daughters.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3200 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 27, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 27, 2014
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H12A1JU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,984,309 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sara VINE VOICE on May 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
SLEEPYTIME ME is a quietly enchanting bedtime story. Luminous illustrations highlight the small, wondrous moments in nature, on farms, in towns, and at home as sleep approaches. Readers young and old will be magically delivered to sleep by the rhythmic text and comforting images found within.
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SLEEPYTIME ME
Written by Edith Hope Fine
Illustrated by Christopher Denise

I love this book. I love any book that will get my toddler grandson to start yawning and rubbing his eyes. The sounds of "sh" and the two sounds of "s" are my best friends forever. In one 4-line stanza alone there are two "sh" sounds, six "s" sounds, and two "s" sounds that sound like "z." The word "yawn" is my other best friend forever. It's totally in this book. And--you guessed it--I'm yawning right now.

Illustrations are peaceful sunset, dusk, and night images. From sky, nature, farm, town to home and bed, the greens, blues, golds, and moon-white colors are calming, soothing, and perfect for the text.
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This lyrical journey to bedtime begins at sunset and leads us through the "yawning" vastness of the night sky, then down to earth where farm animal sleepyheads - chickens, kittens, piglets, puppies, ducklings, and bunnies - are coaxed to rest. As "nighttime gathers" the journey takes us to town where workers head home in trains, buses, and cars. And finally, we are home, where a family settles in for the night, including one precious sleepyhead. This is a bedtime story that will, no doubt, be considered a classic - an exquisite blend of soothing poetic language and beautiful illustrations. It is truly a picture book lullaby.
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I am a teacher in a daycare environment in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I saw the Sleppytime Me Child's book online and knew I wanted to share the story and illustrations with my kindergarteners. The book is colorfully "Nighttime" and the expressive simple language is universal. Nighttime customs of bedding a child, the slowdown of both streets and home environment are highlighted as backdrop for a child's good night's sleep. My kids reacted interestingly-calm and quiet, and several were close to falling asleep. This is a great kid's book!!
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The intriguing and peaceful images were what drew me, and my son originally; but the words that soothed my little one off to sleep were what won me over! Sleepytime Me has already earned itself a spot on the nightly list of books we read before bed, after just one reading. We've even honored it with its own "shorthand" name: "the ni-night book." I absolutely love the use of light and dark to impart the feel of a real-life moonlit evening. And the simple yet creative prose hold the attention of my toddler... and me!
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My daughter who is not yet 2 was lucky enough to be given an autographed copy of this beautiful book by the very gracious author. Within 2 readings my daughter continually would say "Sleepytime Me" at bedtime, nap time, and even in the morning when we read a book with her morning cup of milk. She almost always requests this book! She also seems to particularly enjoy the rhyming and even says sleep tight at the end of the book (that is the final phrase of the book). This book quickly became a favorite in our house!
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I had the privilege of hearing the author herself read this lovely book. It was enchanting to hear her lovely voice lulling me to quiet and almost sleep. Coming from Iowa to California and joining Edith across the street from my sister to hear this charming prose and view the starry illustrations was such a treat. My friend, the new grandmother of her first grandchild, bought two books on the spot. This is a splendid children's book, guaranteed to quiet the soul and put the toddler (and grandmother) to sleep!*****
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Sleepytime Me is simply lovely. Edith Hope Fine's use of the English language to convey universal peaceful thoughts is superb. With a minimal amount of words she evokes dreams to come to sleepy little heads, pleasant dreams. Our granddaughter, generally alert, was lulled to dreamland by the soothing phrases and vivid images. And images....oh my!...the artwork perfectly accompanies the prose. Think I will turn off the flatscreen and doze away to Ms. Fine's musings. Good night. zzzzzzzzzzzzz
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