SLEEPY TIME by Gyo Fujikawa


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Age Range: 2 - 4
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The complex journey from wakefulness to sleep pushes through some dozing dips along the way.

A handful of ethnically diverse youngsters prepare for their nightly rest by following a standard routine. They snuggle happily into several beds, but one child finds that rest is elusive. A worried, wide-eyed insomniac leans back against an equally wakeful canine cohort and observes that “Sometimes it can be hard to fall asleep.” The narrative voice abruptly shifts to describe various human bedtime conditions (“You could try sleeping on the floor. Some people do, you know”) to those in the animal realm. A quickly realized resolution finds day breaking as a rumpled youngster greets the sun anew. The adorable tots hearken back to an earlier (and idealized) era, depicted in cozy interior details, though the text denotes no specified time or place. Nightly slumber turns to outdoor play in the wordier (and at times meandering) Surprise! Surprise!

These 1970s-era publications produce slightly wandering narratives and are far from the best realized, developmentally engaged presentations available to youngest listeners. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4027-6820-0
Page count: 20pp
Publisher: Sterling
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2011


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