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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: 4 - 7 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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 the animals as they dream.
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