Sleep Like a Tiger
illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2012
FORMAT: Picture Book
This is a story about a little girl who is not sleepy and doesn’t want to go to bed. The wise parents say that she should just get her pajamas on, or wash her face and brush her teeth. They don’t get angry or upset about her saying she isn’t sleepy. Instead they gently guide her to her bed and talk about all sorts of animals who sleep and how they sleep. It is a nice, comforting and calming story to read just before bedtime.
However, the best part of this book are the illustrations. There is so much detail in each picture. This is one of those picture books that will be read over and over again just so readers can look at different parts of each illustration. Such as the simple touches of putting crowns on the heads of the girl and her parents to make them a royal family or the foreshadowing of what animals will be talked about based on the various animal toys scattered around the girl’s bedroom. And the detail doesn’t stop with elements in the illustrations, there are even details within the illustrations. The textures that were chosen as part of a blanket or an animal’s skin/fur make the pictures richer. Patient readers will calm down reading this book just because they will have to slow down to look at the wealth of information portrayed in each picture.
Well done, well done.
What to do after reading this book:
Talk about various animals and how they sleep.
Have a child tell you how all his stuffed friends sleep at night.
Talk about the good things about bedtime (the crisp sheets, how clean your face or teeth feel).
Look for texture details around your own home.
Make a collage picture with different textures or kinds of paper.