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When Sheep Sleep Hardcover – October 1, 2006

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810954699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810954694
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,515,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laura Numeroff grew up in Brooklyn, with her mother, father and two older sisters. Her house was filled with books, art, music and folk dancing.

She attended Pratt Institute and graduated with a degree in communications and a contract for her first children's book, AMY FOR SHORT, published in 1975 by Macmillan.

A New York Times best-selling children's book author, Laura is best known for the series based on her book IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE. First printed in 1985, "Mouse" is in its 40th printing. The fourth book in the series, IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE TO THE MOVIES was on the New York Times Children's Best Seller list for five months- nine weeks at number one.

Publisher's Weekly listed IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE TO THE MOVIES as the number two book for children in 2000 (Harry Potter was number one) and at one point, Laura had three books on the New York Times Bestseller List in the same week.

In 2000, IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE was featured on the Oprah show three times, and was recommended by Oprah's first kids' book club, as well as being noted as Oprah's favorite children's book of the year on her Christmas show. "PIG" was also on Publisher's Weekly Bestseller List for over a year. In addition, the series has sold over 4.5 million copies, been printed in fourteen languages, and won the prestigious Quill Award in the picture book category.

Some of Laura's other books currently in print are: WHAT MOMMIES DO BEST/WHAT DADDIES DO BEST, DOGS DON'T WEAR GLASSES, THE CHICKEN SISTERS, WHY A DISGUISE? The first two books in Laura's JELLYBEANS book series made the New York Times Best Seller List.

Hillary Clinton, President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush have all read Laura's books to kids. First Lady Michelle Obama, her mother, her daughters, Malia and Sasha read Laura's book at the 2010 Easter Egg Roll on the White House Lawn. Laura was one of ten children's authors invited to a literacy day in Washington during the Bush administration in 2001. She has also visited over 100 elementary schools and has been a speaker at teacher conferences around the country.

Laura donates book sales to FIRST BOOK, a non-profit organization that provides brand new books to children who otherwise would not have access to them. She has also donated all royalties from THE HOPE TREE- KIDS TALK OUT ABOUT BREAST CANCER, to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Laura has appeared on The Today show twice as well as Good Morning America. On her December 13th, 2000 appearance on The Today Show, Laura donated 500 Mouse mini-books with doll ornaments to the show's toy drive.

When not writing, Laura takes tennis lessons (she says she's not very good but loves it anyway), reads to children in hospitals and foster homes and calls herself a book and movie fanatic.





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Laura Numeroff's WHEN SHEEP SLEEP asks what a non-sleepy child's to do when the sheep she counts are already fast asleep. David McPhail's lovely drawings accent a simple dilemma in which a child must locate other things to count to achieve sleep.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Stevens on September 4, 2007
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Another wonderful book by Laura Numeroff, author of the "If You Give A..." series. In this book a little girl can't fall asleep because the sheep are asleep, so she counts other animals. This is suitable for even 1 and 2 year olds. The sentences are repetitive and rhyming which makes for easy reading and keeps kids attention. My two year can 'read' it to herself. The pictures are lovely and the treatment of animals is soft and cuddly.
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What do you count when the sheep are asleep? This story takes you to different groups of animals you could choose to count if the sheep are asleep--including rabbits in hutches.

The illustrations in this book are drawn by David McPhail. They have a warm and cozy feeling and yet contain plenty of color.

In this story there is no counting unless you count the animals with your child. The story is not particularly about sheep either. A little girl and her teddy bear go from one group of animals to another seeing that they are asleep. One advantage to this story is it is of a short length which is good for bedtimes with the littlest ones. The rhyming is very bland and there are only so many words that can possibly rhyme with sheep and asleep. But if you read this story more than once, you could make up some of your own words. I would not recommend this book for other than bedtime and I would recommend it for ages 3-6.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By daged on January 11, 2012
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This is a cute book I read to my preschoolers before nap time. They like to make all the animal sounds.
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By Laura K. on February 20, 2015
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Received this cute book as a gift. My toddler loved it right away, so much so a few pages were torn out early on. He just rediscovered it and I'm going to buy a new one because he loves it so much. It's a nice, simple story and any child who loves animals should love this. I wish it came in a board book since my 6 mo old will surely destroy the second book once he gets his hands on it! The large format of the book is nice though.
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