Sleep: How Nature Gets Its Rest

Sleep 2Written and Illustrated by Kate Prendergast

This cute nature story explores all the many ways animals sleep. All animals sleep. Cats and dogs sleep curled up. Geese like to be near a pond, while chickens like their henhouse. Horses often sleep in a field, while cows sleep in a barn. Meerkats sleep in a heap, while rhinos sleep alone. Some animals sleep in the heat, while some are in the cold. Some even sleep upside down.

An appendix gives some further information about animal sleep habits, such as the fact that cats sleep as much as 20 hours a day. Ants for only a few moments at a time. The Find Out More section has several websites for exploration, including National Geographic and The World Wildlife Fund.

Adorable mixed media illustrations enhance the story and effectively show how the animals sleep.

This is a great place to start learning about this aspect of animal behavior and a jumping off place for exploring other aspects. It’s probably best read at bedtime or together with a class.

  • Title: Sleep: How Nature Gets Its Rest
  • Author/Illustrator: Kate Prendergast
  • Published: Candlewick Press, 2019
  • Reviewer: Sue Poduska
  • Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
  • Grade Level: PreK to 2
  • Genre: Nature, Animals
  • ISBN: 978-1-5362-0798-9
  • Extras: How Do They Sleep? A Closer Look and Some Other Fun Facts, Find Out More

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