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Time to Sleep (An Owlet Book) Paperback – September 15, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 310L (What's this?)
  • Series: An Owlet Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (September 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805067671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805067675
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

W said, "Children will easily discern the distinct clues of autumn's transition to winter as well as the hibernation habits of several common animals, while enjoying this entertaining tale that doubles as a bedtime story." Ages 4-8.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreS. Frost on the grass. Falling leaves. Days growing shorter. A sky full of geese. Even a skin "so tight I could not eat another bite" is a sign that winter is on its way. Clearly it's not just your everyday bedtime but the long winter's sleep we're dealing with here, as Bear smells winter in the air and gets ready to hibernate. First, though, she must tell Snail, who must tell Skunk, who must tell Turtle, and so on until Ladybug brings it full circle, waking Bear to tell her...It's Time to Sleep. Fleming uses colored cotton rag fiber to create her jewel-toned illustrations, erupting here in fiery autumn colors. Their angular composition heightens the sense of activity generated by the animals' preparations until Bear's solid, slumbering form brings it all to a cozy, comfortable close. This gem of a picture book, subtly informative and poetic in its simplicity, is certain to become a staple of seasonal storyhours and nursery-school curricula. No children's collection should be without it!?Marcia Hupp, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Denise Fleming won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. She is the author and illustrator of eighteen picture books, including Buster.

***INTERVIEW***
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in Toledo,Ohio, where I live still. I am a midwestern girl.

Q: What is your earliest memory of writing/drawing?
A: It seems like I was always writing and drawing. I wanted to share my ideas from the beginning. A bit bossy am I.

Q: What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?
A: I started collecting picture books in art school. I was crazy about the whole picture book format. I realized, as I was sharing books with my daughter, that making books is what I needed to do.

Q: What are your hobbies and interests besides reading and books?
A: I work in clay, create art from tin cans, and make art dolls. Right now I am working on combining all three media. I also dye and paint fabric for the dolls.
Planting flowers and painting the outside of my house and studio is what I am busy doing right now.

Q: What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?
A: Experiment with different styles and media.

*From Macmillan's Denise Fleming page.

Customer Reviews

I purchased this book for my preschool class.
Grandma
Also this short book could be an excellent book to use in a science classroom to discuss the concept of hibernation and that is why all the animals are going to sleep.
J. Blossey
We were studying hibernation, and they loved the illustrations and the story line.
Nicole Lynn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Boone on October 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My 3 year old loves this book for the beautiful illustrations of the animals and the forest during Autumn. However, one night after we read it a bedtime, she looked over at me and said that she liked "how all of the animals took care of each other." If she can get this simple, yet crucially important lesson from a children's book, I would say that the author has gone above and beyond her intentions.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book to use when explaining the concept of hibernation and change of season. There is a terrific flow from page to page with a "surprise" ending that my students loved. It is a wonderful spring-board for class discussions and "acting - out" activities!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is another stunning sucess for Fleming. Beautiful illustrations, which employ autumn-ish color schemes, make for a visual treat, while the story conveys a wonderful message of social responsibility. Highly recommended for bedtime as well as discussions about hibernation (all the information about each animal's hibernation behavior is accurate, and obviously researched).
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Format: School & Library Binding
Caldecott Honoree Denise Fleming is back with a great introduction to the concept of hibernation. Bear sees that it's time to go to sleep for the winter, and the message is passed from snails to skunks in the forest so that all are prepared for the impending season and model the idea of looking out for others. Ms. Fleming's unusual illustrations process, combining complimentary colors, stencils and cotton pulp, provide unforgettable results. Alliteration abounds, encouraging phonological awareness in the early reader. While "Sleepy Bear" by Lydia Dabcovich also explores hibernation, "Time to Sleep" remains a superior choice, due to the tremendous world Fleming builds through patterned language and evocative vocabulary, where woodchucks sigh and turtles ramble
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Format: Paperback
Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming is a great book for home or for the classroom. It could be an outstanding book to use for a bed time story because each of the animals in the story must find their friend to tell them it is time to sleep for winter. Also this short book could be an excellent book to use in a science classroom to discuss the concept of hibernation and that is why all the animals are going to sleep. The illustrations throughout the book are amazing as well. I would recommend this book for students preschool to second or third grade.
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Format: Paperback
Denise Fleming's books are all lovely, and this one is especially sweet. Bear sniffs winter in the air, and one by one all the animals get the news and start to prepare for winter. I teach young children and I like to have them join in on the repeated phrase, "Winter is on its way," either chanting or singing (I use the tune from "Ding ding ding ding ding!" in "Hurry Hurry Drive the Fire Truck"). The surprise ending is cute and children love it. I highly recommend this book.
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By J. Dams on October 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
My favorite part of all of Denise Fleming's children's books are her very unique illustrations. She uses a very different technique where she basically makes her own paper, that creates very interesting pictures. The story itself gives a very good introduction on the topic of hybernation in a fun way for children. It is simple, yet you stayed interested in the story. You meet a lot of interesting animals throughout the story, and the story even has a fun twist at the end.
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By Grandma on January 19, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased this book for my preschool class. It keeps their attention and is an easy read. Great for a unit study about hibernation. Great intro to science.
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