Published by Mountain Press
Sweet Dreams, Wild Animals!
The sun has set; the sky is dark.
Bright stars 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
“Younger children will be engaged by the short rhyming lines and refrain, while older readers will appreciate the brief, informative paragraphs that describe where the animals sleep and more. Verdict: This mix of bedtime sleepytime verses and interesting content make for an enjoyable two for one.”
– School Library Journal