Sleep Like a Tiger

Author: Mary Logue

Illustrator: Pamela Zagarenski

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company Boston, NY

Awards: Caldecott Honor Award 2012

Themes: Obedience, Sleep, Questioning

Summary: Sometimes it is time for bed, but we don’t want to fall asleep. This is a sweet story about a  little girl who discovers how different animals fall asleep and sees how similarly she sleeps too. Let’s read this story to find out what animals we sleep like too!

Response: What elements of the author’s and illustrator’s style and language drew you into the book? Explain and give examples.

I love how the author uses a sequence of a typical bedtime routine to carry the conversation between adults and child as she questions about if everything sleeps. Children ask funny questions and this story beautifully portrays that in a relaxing and non-stressful manner. I like how the animals are mentioned the first time and then each reappear the second time as the little girl falls asleep. The illustrator also uses similar color and shapes throughout the story and I enjoyed the extra details included on each page. She illustrates the real and imaginary aspects of the story. Between the two aspects it pulls the story together naturally.

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