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When I'm Sleepy (Picture Puffins) Paperback – November 20, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 3 years
  • Series: Picture Puffins
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (November 20, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140567593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140567595
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Ages 1-5. Now available in a large, sturdy board book edition, this enchanting bedtime story will soothe and beguile children and adults alike. As a little girl wonders what it would be like to sleep like animals do--curled up in a basket, or hanging upside down, or lying in a hollow log--the carefully detailed pictures show her peacefully slumbering as she rests on a cat's warm fur, hangs companionably next to a bat, and is lovingly held by a raccoon. Although many of the pictures are funny, the overall atmosphere of the book is tender, dreamy and (yawn) very soporific. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Beyond a doubt, the author and the artist possess intimate knowledge of small children. Creating a lulling bedtime audiovisual diversion, Howard's story and Cherry's pictures are mutually enhancing, revealing a child's sleepy fantasies. She lies in bed and wishes she could curl up in a basket with a cat or in a downy nest with baby birds, sometimes hugged by a friendly raccoon in his hollow log. . . . The book should appeal to parents looking for ways to settle down active little boys and girls who will tune into the narrator's imagination and lose themselves in the lovely, full-color dream scenes.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The illustrations in this book are gorgeous.
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The toddler likes this book and for that I'm grateful because I Love it.
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This is a simple bedtime story that pacifies both reader and listener.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tracey Fuller on February 7, 2001
Format: Board book
Jane Howard lulls us to sleep with soothing adjectives such as cozy, curl, stretch, yawn and warm, while we're drawn in by Lynne Cherry's illustrations utilizing brilliant colors and life-like imagery. This is a simple bedtime story that pacifies both reader and listener. It draws you in with the repetition of the phrase, "When I'm sleepy," and keeps you in a very tranquil mood until the very end. I read this book to my children in order to calm myself down. Days are hectic for both children and their parents, and I always found this book to be of comfort to both. There is an appreciation for nature and a glance into our wildlife, their habitat, and how the animal kingdom comes to rest. The earth tones of green, orange, red and blue are found on every page. The young girl sleeps beside the animals in their sprawling or confined surroundings and appears content in every posture. This book roams through the mind of a sleepy young girl wishing and wondering what it would be like to sleep with turtles in a swamp, raccoons in a hollow log, penguins on the freezing ice or giraffes standing up. She is pictured on each page doing those things that transform the setting but not the mood of the story. In the end she discovers the place she desires most is her own cozy bed with warm cuddly blankets and a soft pillow. On the final page, fluffy white clouds above her head reveal the various animals she had imagined as she was falling asleep. I think this book is a delightful alternative to counting sheep! I would recommend it to anyone who like me is always trying to find ways to get children to relax. You cannot read this book without becoming relaxed. It's like a magic potion. Jane Howard captured the essence of falling asleep in a unique and captivating way. The illustrations seal the words inside a cozy blanket of color and style that makes this book a true work of art!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robotpirate on November 12, 1998
Format: Board book
My 16 month old son hands me this book almost every night. The main character is a little girl who wonders what it would be like to sleep where animals do - in different surroundings (e.g. birds nest, underwater). The illustrations are colorful and show different animals sleeping in their respective environments.
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Format: Board book
From the back cover of this book:" A gorgeous bedtime classic is now a board book. How would it feel to sleep in a bird's downy nest? Or in a bear's snug cave? This soothing, fanciful story invites children to imagine. But it also shows them that the sweetest dreams are found in their own soft beds."
Lynne Cherry's wonderful illustrations make this a classic "must have" book for all who read stories to children before bed. This one will make even wild kids sleepy! In this story a sleepy young girl wonders what it would be like to snuggle with a variety of cuddley animals...the illustrations are so endearing that your child won't be able to wait to snuggle her favorite bedtime toy.
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By J. Lyon Layden on April 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a nicely done children's book with beautiful illiustrations by Linne Cherry. The prose of Jane R. Howard has a sing-song cadence, and is related one sentence a page. Each page pictures the young girl narrator in a different place sleeping, and in each page she is being held by a cozy animal. The story, wording and cadence are condusive to a good night's rest and will be perfect to settle kids down for beddy-bye.

J. Lyon Layden
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Format: Hardcover
This book runs through a girl's thoughts as she falls asleep, imagining the different ways various animals sleep.

As she pictures herself in various forms of sleep, she grows more and more tired until she admits, at the end, that she's happy sleeping in a bed, like people do.

There's nothing more to it than that, it's just a short book for bedtime, that's all.
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By Judy on February 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was so happy to find a copy of this children's book! It was my children's favorite and I was looking to gift it to a friend's children. The illustrations are breathtaking; the text easy to read...just a pure delight! Packaged with care and quick delivery.
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