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Sweet Dreams of the Wild: Poems for Bedtime Paperback – September 1, 2000

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K?Cozy bedtime poems in free-style verse. In imaginary conversations, a child asks different animals and insects where they sleep and elicits their responses. There is a snug feeling to the poems, enhanced by soft colored-pencil illustrations of a cat curled up on a window seat, a spider swaying in its web in the garden, a robin nested by the window, a caterpillar wrapped in a silky cocoon, etc. Plenty of repetition makes this a good choice for sharing with young children.?Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ages 2^-5. Soothing, rhythmic poems explain where a variety of wild animals sleep. Echoing Bill Martin's Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (1992), each poem begins with a question that repeats the name of the animal twice and asks, "Where do you sleep?" Each animal answers, concluding, "I cuddle up tight / with sweet dreams of the wild, / and THAT'S where I sleep, / sleepy child!" The animal assortment includes a reptile, insects, and mammals, with several examples, such as squirrels and caterpillars, familiar enough that children might have wondered about their sleeping habits. Dodge's cozy, shimmering colored-pencil illustrations match Dotlich's quiet, tender mood well, and children will especially enjoy discovering some of the more camouflaged creatures. Susan Dove Lempke --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563979241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563979248
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,756,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rebecca Kai Dotlich is a children's author & poet who is slightly obsessed with words, journals, small things, comic books & marbles, the writing process, wishes and wonder. Her 20+ books include Lemonade Sun, What Can A Crane Pick Up? and What Is Science? She lives in the Midwest not far from where she built snowmen and rode bike trails when she was young.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Dales, Miami University (dalesbl@muohio.edu) on February 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Rebecca Dotlich's lyrical poems create descriptions of natural habitats for young children. The book is not a series of "lessons" to be learned, but a pleasant and enjoyable introduction to this aspect of nature. It is sure to stimulate thinking and wonder about the natural world. This book is a valuable example in my children's literature course when I discuss how poetry can inform science learning and can foster the beginnings of inquiry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Scherer on December 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book 4 years ago when my daughters were pretty young. They instantly fell in love with the book and we read it at bedtime every chance we get. Now that my daughters are avid readers, they read it to me!
The rhythm of the poems is very soothing and warm and the illustrations make feel like you're part of the animals' worlds. We love the way the book begins and ends right in the child's home yet explores slumber environments throughout nature! Ms. Dotlich's poems are captivating and comforting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for babies to 5 year old children. The words are soothing, and the children are able to find the various sleeping creatures in the pictures. I really like it when a book can become interactive between adult and child. This book would be a treasured baby shower gift to be passed down from generation to generation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Sweet Dreams of the Wild has an almost musical lilt that fascinates my 20 month old son. The carefully worded poems and beautifully illustrated pictures invite your imagination to take you to the homes of the book's wild creatures. My son definitely has sweet dreams after reading this delightful bedtime poetry book.
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By Tena Wilson on June 29, 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Beautiful pictures !
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