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When Mermaids Sleep by [Bonwill, Ann]
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Length: 32 pages Age Level: 2 - 5

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2-Mermaids are sleeping in coral caves and, in that same water, pirates are snoring in their ship. In the trunks below deck, genies dream on sand in their lamps; that sand was also used to build sand castles where sea serpents sleep. The magical world is at rest: unicorns, giants, goblins, and dwarves. Readers discover that under the same moon where fairies are slumbering is a dreaming child. In this bedtime story, it is the illustrations that shine. The palette, while muted, is still lush and full. Collage is used to great effect to create texture; readers will be tempted to run their hands over the pages, hoping to feel the mountains and trees themselves. The full-bleed artwork spreads over two pages; one can almost imagine that the world extends past the confines of the layout. The dreamlike fantasy world is captured expertly. Unfortunately, the text is not as successful; the rhyming pattern is singsongy and the lines are often forced. They combine to make a challenging read-aloud; it is easy to trip over the words and the story becomes muddled and confusing. With stunning artwork like this, it is a shame that the text isn't stronger.-Laura Lutz, Pratt Institute, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

ANN BONWILL is the author of Bug and Bear, Naughty Toes, Pocket's Christmas Wish, and I Don't Want to Be a Pea. She lives in Virginia with her husband, their young son, and a crazy Welsh corgi dog named Arthur.

STEVE JOHNSON and LOU FANCHER, a husband-and-wife team, are the illustrators of over 30 books, including: Jim Henson: The Guy Who Played with Puppets by Kathleen Krull; The Boy on Fairfield Street, also by Kathleen Krull; My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss; New York's Bravest by Mary Pope Osborne; and Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou. Their book with Louis Duncan, I Walk at Night, was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. They are also the recipients of a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4904 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AGVNHTE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,080,716 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I just love this book! Full of fantasy and whimsy - beautiful artwork and poetry. Just the right length. I haven't read this to my girls yet (4 and 6) - but I know they are going to love it. Pirates, mermaids, fairies and more - the perfect way to send a child off to dreamland. Love it.
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I bought this book for my niece but I was pleasantly surprised to find my boys reading it, so I purchased another copy. It's a soft, dreamy, rhyming story that follows all kind of magical beings (and a few pirates) as they curl up for the night. I always save this book for last since it quiets them down. Great pictures, sweet story, just the right length for younger kids. The perfect bedtime book!
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This book surprised me! It had cute little rhymes and beautiful pictures. It's perfect for a nighttime story... short and gives your child wonderful things to dream about. I highly recommend this book!
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I checked this out from the library many times and am just going to buy it because my kids love this book and so do I. The illustrations are gorgeous and the whole tone of the book is very relaxing. It's a great bedtime story and a wonderful book.
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Mom's and Dad's, Grandparents and Aunt's and Uncle's make sure you buy this beautifully written and illustrated story book for your young children. A great story to carry your little ones off to learn about the treasures of the sea and then they will be off to dreamland.
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