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So Sleepy Story

So Sleepy Story

Fall 2006 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Author: Uri Shulevitz
Illustrator: Uri Shulevitz
ISBN: 0-374-37031-1
Hardcover Price: $16.00
In this sleepy sleepy story, everything—the curtains, the cupboards, the cat and the chairs—has a sleepy sleepy face. When the bright music of dreams drifts in through the open window, however, the sleepy boy in the sleepy bed awakes to see the dishes, the chairs, and the clock on the wall join in a jolly dance. Then, softly softly as it arrived, the music drifts away and the boy, the clock, the chairs, the cat and the curtains settle back into a deep sea slumber. Part Sendak (the wild rumpus of the wild things), part Don and Audrey Wood (the rhythm of The Napping House), part Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Moon), this is still-and-all Uri Shulevitz' own take on a classic theme. The glowing light, the softly rounded shapes, the hypnotic rhythm of the text, and the waxing and waning from deep blues to warm yellows and back to blue again all add up to an exquisitely crafted sleepy-time classic. In a sly aside, a bedside table contains some of Shulvitz' own titles.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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