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All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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Male and female animals are represented; McPhail's art and the hand lettering by Sasha Prood support and develop the text beautifully. A great deal of research went into the text and the illustrations.
Words are beautifully used (light laps the leaves). As this book is read to a child, it will provide comfort, ease, and a great deal of vocabulary development (this is the teacher in me coming out).
An absolutely delightful book.
Children’s book veterans Crescent Dragonwagon and David McPhail have teamed up and produced one of those rare gems in "All The Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep". As with so many books about bedtime, a child is not quite ready for slumber, but mother gently encourages making an attempt anyway. She lovingly points out that every creature has a time to be awake and a time to sleep, and proceeds to describe a number of familiar (and some not-so-common) animals’ methods of getting cozy for the night.
The beautiful alliterative text doubles as an alphabet book, punctuated by McPhail’s warm, soothing ink and watercolor illustrations of baby and adult animals finding their night’s resting place. Each does it in a uniquely personal way ~ “Frog just floats, letting her feet flop until they find firm footing near the ferns”, and “Otter, overcome, is out in the ocean, rocking on and on, oh-so-gently”. Sweet but intelligent poetry begins and ends the story, and my guess is that children will want to hear it again and again, hoping they can make it to the last page before finding their own eyelids heavy with sleep.
*Thanks to LB Kids for providing a copy for review.*
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived on time, product as expected. Wonderful book! One of our favorites!Published 10 days ago by Kelly Coddington
Having only been familiar with Crescent Dragonwagon's cookbooks, I was delighted when I first read All the Awake Animals to my son. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Margaret Finn King
Best book ever. I bought this for my children and now I buy it as a gift for others.Published 4 months ago by BookLover=)
This is so adorable. My grandson loves it. Saw it at the zoo, and found it for a much better price on Amazon.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's Crescent - what's not to love? Beautiful book with lovely illustrations and wonderful prose - as always.Published 7 months ago by AM Coleman
I wish that the letters on each page weren't in cursive. Block letters are much easier for children to read and recognize. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bridie Mom
Great condition, the grandkids should fall asleep with me reading it if i don't fall asleep firstPublished 20 months ago by OldBikeRider
Love the book! I made a alphabet quilt with animals and this book compliments it perfectly.Published on July 21, 2014 by PlanetGala
This book has a reassuring cadence and wonderful illustrations! My 20-month old loves it! It's a quiet read with illustrations that give pause. Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Liz526