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The Sandman Hardcover – February 1, 2003

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Kindergarten-Grade 2-The Sandman is looking for a friend, but everywhere he goes, people and animals fall asleep before they can become his playmate. He uses his magic airship to visit children in their rooms, people on the streets, animals in the forest, and even creatures in the sea. He finally meets up with the Moon, and they become special friends who spend their days together. The story is somewhat flat and uninspiring. The illustrator does a nice job of creating magic in the landscapes and night skies, but the rendering of the Sandman himself is too odd to be endearing.
Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

About the Author

UDO WEIGELT has been writing for children since 1989. He has published many books with North-South.
NINA SPRANGER has been illustrating books since 1999. Her first U.S. book was published by North-South.

Sibylle Heusser studied scientific illustration at the Academy of Art in Zurich, Switzerland, where she now works as a freelance illustator. This is her first book for North-South.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: North-South Books; First Thus edition (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735817898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735817890
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.4 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,134,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Frome on March 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My 3 1/2 year old believes in the sandman. Every morning when she wakes up and attempts to clear her eyes she declares - - the Sandman got me! I was searhing for a book that would "so to speak," explain the sandman to her. We were both delighted to find this book and read about the mysterious little man who visits her and every boy and girl each night. This story, about the search for a compatibale friend is very sweet but it is the exquisitely drawn illustrations that sets it apart from other books.
A nice read and a beautiful visual to share with your young children.
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Format: Hardcover
The illustrations and the story in this book are both absolutely gorgeous. The Sandman wants to find a friend, and yet, no matter where he goes everyone falls asleep. The story takes us through the night, all over the countryside and under the sea. This lovely story is one which I have made a point of giving to every single one of my friends as they have kids. It has instantly become an absolute favorite for all of them, and has been read over and over.

It breaks my heart that this wonderful piece of children's literature is no longer in print. But, I have found perfectly untouched copies for sale secondhand. However, when it really matters (and this book definitely matters), if the book shows use, doesn't it just show the love that a child somewhere had for it?

{Oh! I apologize. There I go, digressing to parallels between real life and The Velveteen Rabbit.}

Alright, back on track. Don't allow yourself to skip over this book because there are no copies Prime Eligible. You will be doing yourself, and the little one for which the book should be intended, a disservice. The Sandman, by Udo Weigelt, is a treasure. Find yourself a copy, or five for gifts and good measure, and cherish it. I'm submitting this review, and buying three more tonight.

Read and enjoy, y'all!

Rayna Layne
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