I SWIM AN OCEAN IN MY SLEEP by Norma Farber

I SWIM AN OCEAN IN MY SLEEP

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Farber (When It Snowed That Night, 1993, etc.) begins her sleeptime fantasy quietly: ``Night is dark,/Night is deep,/I swim an ocean in my sleep.'' In Savadier's whimsical ink and gouache illustrations, a small boy in red-striped pajamas swims through an imaginative underwater world. He plays with a mermaid, rides on a whale, and dances to the rhythm of a clamshell castanet. Finally he rises out of the water, clinging to a huge red balloon, for ``now it's time/to step once more/wakened on the morning shore.'' Especially appealing is the final picture of the sleep-tousled, bemused boy, sitting on a bed strewn with sand and seashells. There are nice moments in the text as well, but sometimes the perceptions of the author intrude, resulting in a narrative that wavers between the child's point of view and a more sophisticated perspective. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-8050-3381-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1997




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