Sleep -how Nature gets its rest
Old Barn Books, 2018
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
As little ones snuggle down into their beds and listen to a bedtime story to pull the curtains on the day, most of Mother Nature’s creatures are also getting ready for the night ahead. But none of them have a cosy bed with a quilt and a pillow – for them it is very different. Some, like tigers, sleep in the heat; others, like penguins, sleep in the cold. Giraffes sleep standing up while sloths sleep upside down!
This is a charming first information book that little ones will love to explore as they think about where and how their favourite creatures might sleep. Are they curled up in front of the fire like a cat or dog, or are they huddled in the corner of a barn like a cow? While the main text comprises simple statements and stunning illustrations, there are pages at the back which provide a little more information about some of the animals so the child learns that books can educate us, not just entertain us.
Not only does it pose lots of questions that the curious will like to explore, it also emphasises the necessity for sleep for all living things so they can grow and be healthy, which might be an added bonus for the child who resists bed! Although they can’t close their eyes, even fish sleep but…do animals dream?