Sleep Like a Tiger
Written by Mary Logue
Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
One thing most children do not like is bedtime and most will avoid bedtime at all costs. The little girl in Sleep Like a Tiger is no different. She finds herself still wide awake even though the sun has set. She tells her parents she is not tired nor is she sleepy. The parents are typical parents who tell her that it is alright if she doesn’t go to sleep, but for her to just get her pajamas on and do her usual bedtime routines. Instead of the usual drink of water, or hunger pangs most children are preoccupied with, the little girl proceeds to ask her parents about various animals and if they sleep.
The story focuses on animals from the family dog to colossal whales in the ocean with wonderful, vibrant illustrations of the animals and their sleeping habits. Second graders will relate to the young girl not wanting to go to bed. They will be thoroughly entertained and enchanted with the author’s way of introducing the world to the reader and will love the way the darkness and bedtime routines are depicted in the story. This would be a great read aloud when introducing connections to children. Children can share their bedtime rituals and see how they relate to the experiences that the young girl experienced in the story.
This book is written by poet, Mary Logue, who has written several books for both young readers and adults. This is her first picture book.
The illustrator, Pamela Zagarenski, is not only an illustrator for this book, but has been awarded the Caldecott Honor medal for her book Red Sings from Treetops. She also creates large paintings, which can be viewed at www.pzagarenski.com.