SNOWBABY COULD NOT SLEEP by Kara LaReau

SNOWBABY COULD NOT SLEEP

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Age Range: 3 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

It’s a perfect night for sleeping—wintry and windy. “But Snowbaby could not, would not sleep.” First, he’s not tired, then he’s too hot, thirsty, he’d like a song, the wind is too loud, he wants some company. His never flagging parents cheerfully attempt to solve them all. Snowpapa suggests he count snowflakes. Snowmama adds another layer of snow to his blankets. Nothing gets him to sleep until the ingenious parents create a Snowdoggie. Dad’s buttons are his eyes, while his smile is a ribbon from Mom’s skirt. But Snowbaby gets a taste of his own medicine when Snowdoggie becomes restless and “could not, would not sleep.” When the two finally close their eyes, the tired parents tiptoe off to their own bed: “Good night! Sleet dreams!” Ishikawa’s mixed-media illustrations perfectly evoke the wintry text, with touches that remind readers at every turn that the characters are snowmen: cool colors, evergreen wallpaper, penguin friends. A cute winter version of a familiar theme with the added touch of providing a solution—counting snowflakes—for parents to suggest to overtired tots. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-316-60703-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Megan Tingley/Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2005




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