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Can't Sleep Without Sheep Hardcover – September 14, 2010

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PreS-Gr 1–Like many children, Ava counts sheep when she can't fall asleep. But the youngster has a great number of thoughts in her mind and her sheep are exhausted, so they set out to find suitable replacements. However, the other animals just aren't as well equipped for inducing sleep. The horses are too beautiful, while the chickens are ridiculous and the pigs are rather slow and lazy. The other applicants, including penguins, flamingos, armadillos, and buffalo, don't fare too well either. The sheep conclude that they are the best ones for the job and tell Ava, "Don't worry. You can count on us!" The charming, rounded illustrations are set against the backdrop of a starry night with the characters bathed in the moonlight. On many spreads, the animals take up the entire space, creating a cinematic vista. Hill's words are simple and effective, and leave room for the art to tell the story. The endpapers feature a series of repeated, lovely and puffy cloudlike sheep in mid-leap. A book that is delightful for the eyes and soothing to the ears, Can't Sleep Without Sheep will quickly become a bedtime favorite and a can't-sleep-without book.Kim T. Ha, Elkridge Branch Library, MD
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About the Author

SUSANNA LEONARD HILL is the author of Punxsutawney Phyllis and No Sword Fighting in the House (Junior Library Guild selection). She worked for many years teaching dyslexic students and now spends her time writing and presenting at schools. She lives in New York.
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MIKE WOHNOUTKA is the acclaimed illustrator of more than 20 children's books. His books include Moo!, which was an ALA Notable Book and Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster, which is his first book as both author and illustratorMike's other titles have won numerous awards, including the National Jewish Book Award, Society of Illustrators Original Art Show, and the Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Mike lives with his wife and two children in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit Mike on his website: mikewohnoutka.com
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; First Edition edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802720668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802720665
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #895,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is fabulous bedtime story - it has become a new favorite in our household. The story and illustrations are wonderful - recommend to children of all ages!
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Every so often I am sent a book, buy a new book, or spot a new book at the library that after I read the first page or two, am absolutely, positively for sure is going to be a winner. This small group of books, when I do run across them, is like finding a valuable treasure or surprise presents that come out of nowhere. This latest offering by Susanna Leonard Hill most certainly falls into that category! I have to tell you that I was absolutely delighted with this book from cover to cover.

A little girl by the name of Ava once had a hard time falling to sleep because her mind was oh so very busy; typical of every little kid you know. Her mother tries to help her and suggests she try counting sheep to help her sleep. This the little girl did. She counted and counted and then counted some more, but as the book informs us:

"But her mind was full of ideas and questions, thoughts of today, and plans for tomorrow." This was effective and went on night after night. Finally the sheep asked the little girl if they can please stop as they were completely exhausted. Ave tells the no! So, as sheep will often do, they said "In that case, we quit."

What is Eva to do? Well, with the help of the sheep they search for replacements; horses, chickens, cow and pigs; moose and monkeys, armadillos with hippos. Each animal of course had some major drawbacks and are quite unsuitable as sleep aids. When they got to the buffalo that charged the fence, and pretty well wrecked everything, Eva decided it was time to do some negotiations with the sheep. Will they resolve the problem, and if so, how?
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Ava tossed and turned in her bed, but try as she might she couldn't get to sleep. She held her dog stuffie over her head, leaned over the side of her bed to play with her soccer ball, and stretched her legs up against the headboard of her bed. No sleep. Her mother came in and suggested she count sheep. "One sheep jumping over the fence . . . two sheep jumping over the fence . . . three sheep jumping over the fence . . . " No sleep. Ava's head was filled with so many things she just couldn't get to sleep, even with those fluffy sheep sailing right over that picket fence. Sheep being sheep, they finally got tired of jumping over the fence for a little girl who couldn't go to sleep.

Absolutely no more jumping because they were exhausted. Ava pleaded with them to continue so she could get some sleep, but the sheep promised they'd "find a replacement." A horse leaped over the fence and he was so much fun Ava just smiled with delight. No sleep. The daffy dumb cluck chickens just made her laugh. No sleep. The fluffy sheep just wiped his brow. This was going to be a tough one. The pigs were too slow and the cows "were a complete disaster." No fence. No sleep. A giraffe, an elephant, a crocodile, a moose, some flamingos, a waddle of penguins and other animals began to line up in front of the fence. Would any of these critters be able to get Ava to sleep?

This heavenly, hilarious little tale of the sheep and a herd of other animals that couldn't get Ava to sleep will delight your little one. Try as they might those poor, exhausted sheep couldn't get Ava to fall asleep. Unless you have a rare child, I'm sure you've experienced the exhaustion the sheep felt when they tried everything to get her to fall asleep.
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Cute story matched by wonderful illustrations. My four and six year old both love it and have asked for it every night since we got it!!!
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My son and I have read the print version and were looking forward to the kindle version. Excited to say the formatting is perfect, which makes it a great read on the kindle. Like so many others have said, this is a great story. Really enjoy having an ebook edition.
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A delightful read aloud for children of all ages...Ava's story is hilarious, and Ms. Hill never condescends to her young readers. A perfect match with the art..oh, those pigs! Children will love these animals and this enchanting journey...so will day-weary parents who need a good laugh.
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When I watched the trailer for this book I absolutely had to have it! It is funny, adorable, exquisitely illustrated, and so fun to read.

Ava has a hard time going to sleep, her mind is just too busy, so she counts sheep. The problem is that it still takes Ava so long to get to sleep that the sheep complain they are getting too tired jumping the fence so she can count them. They quit! Not wanting to leave little Ava without something to count on, they try to find other animals to replace them, and what happens next is hilarious. Pigs, horses, penguins, and the list goes on. So very enjoyable.

The day my husband brought Can't Sleep Without Sheep in from our mailbox, I couldn't wait to read it. When I read this book through for the first time I also read it to my husband because I wanted to share it with him, and I laughed out loud at the antics, the surprises and the amazing and hilarious illustrations by Mike Wohnoutka. It's even better than the trailer reveals. I have to say, the author and illustrator are a great team for this story.

This is a completely gorgeous book. An added bonus is that if you go to Susanna's website: [...] you will find activities that go with the story and that you can print off for children to do.
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