PreSchool-Grade 2–A wide-awake child discovers that the sheep that she was literally counting on to help her doze off are fast asleep in a huge woolly pile at the foot of her bed. Exploring other options, she decides to Count cows in the meadow/Instead of the sheep. But they are also snoozing in the moonlight. With her teddy bear by her side, she peeks in on pigs snoring in the mud, robins dreaming in their nest, and cats snuggled up on the sofa. McPhail's charming watercolor-and-ink illustrations are infused with warmth and are a lovely complement to the gentle, rhyming lullaby. The final scene shows all of the animals tenderly watching over the child tucked into bed, tired out from counting and drifting off to sleep. This cozy tale is sure to become a bedtime favorite.–Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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"When you can't fall asleep, / Then try counting sheep!" But "What do you do when the sheep are asleep?" Count other animals? As a little girl lying awake in bed discovers, cows, pigs, bears, rabbits, and all the other animals are snoozing, too. But visiting so many animals in their habitats, from barnyard to living room, tuckers her out enough to put her to sleep at last. Rhyming text, expressive watercolor art in McPhail's signature style, and familiar animals combine in this charming bedtime story. Numeroff (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, 1985, others) incorporates simple, descriptive vocabulary evoking comforting images: deer "nuzzled" together; puppies "cozy and cuddled"; cats "purring softly and snuggled." The warm, textured illustrations in muted tones are enchanting accompaniments, filling the pages with sleeping animals that reinforce the dreamy journey of imagination. From the beginning scene showing the girl in bed surrounded by toy animals, to the end, as the animals, now full size, keep watch on the sleeping child, this book is a delight. Shelle Rosenfeld
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This is nice, yet simple rhyming book with beautiful illustrations and a pleasant story line. My daughter and I enjoy reading this book before bedtime and she loves helping count... Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by PB&L
I gave this rating a 1, as we purchased this book that was "gently used." Many of the pages were torn some were tapped together. Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by kkdmnurse
This book is a cute book. My kids love to read before going to bed and this one is in there top 5.Published on September 18, 2011 by jack3