Sweet Dreams, Wild Animals!
The sun has set; the sky is dark.
Bright starts shine in the night.
It’s time to rest, to dream sweet dreams,
then wake with morning’s light.
The animals will slumber, too.
Some near, some far away.
How will they settle down to sleep?
Each has a special way.
Fourteen animals, including the cuddly koala, the hairy anteater, and the wise owl, are featured in Eileen Meyer’s lyrical bedtime story about the unusual ways that animals sleep. Natural history notes explain how each animal sleeps, from the magnificent frigatebird that naps while flying hundreds of feet above the sea to the walrus that sleeps with its tusks anchored in floating ice. Illustrator Laurie Caple captured these dozing animals in whimsical watercolors that will help any weary child fall to sleep with a smile.
A cozy combination of restful rhymes, natural history notes and close-up pictures of snoozing creatures . . . equally suitable for bedtime reading or for sharing with wakeful groups. ”
— Kirkus Reviews
It’s our big day—
just us two.
We have our gloves,
and mine’s brand new.
A boy and his grandpa are heading to their first big league baseball game together. They’ll cheer on their team, keep an eye out for fly balls, eat some peanuts, and hopefully watch their team win the game! Eileen R. Meyer’s charming rhymes bring to life all the sights and sounds of the big game, while Carlynn Whitt’s adorable characters showcase all the fun and action of a day at the Ballpark.
The cheetah may be the fastest land mammal on earth, but is it the fastest animal of all? Perhaps a soaring bird, a slithering snake, or a sailing fish is faster. The fourteen animals depicted in Who’s Faster? span a range of speeds, from the slow crawl of a sloth to the full gallop of a giraffe to the breakneck blur of the fastest animal in the world. With lyrical words, Eileen describes each animal’s movement and then asks readers, “Who’s faster?” Kids will keep turning the pages until they find out who’s fastest. Beautiful watercolors by award-winning illustrator Constance Bergum capture each animal’s graceful movement and include intricate details of hoofs, whiskers, fins, and feathers. An appendix provides more information about the animals in the book as well as facts about speed.
The anthology features the work of fifty children’s poets from around the world, including Eileen. This paperback and ebook publication and was co-edited by writers Carol-Ann Hoyte and Heidi Roemer. The collection contains poems by J. Patrick Lewis, Charles Ghigna, Laura Purdie Salas, Avis Harley, and a number of Illinois children’s writers. Look for Eileen’s humorous poem, The Letter, in this anthology.
Paperback and E-book editions available through Friesens Press, Ingram and bookstores worldwide.
For readers ages 8-12.
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Text and Illustrations from some of Eileen’s Poems.
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