Please Don't Wake the Animals: A Book About Sleep

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All people sleep. So do all other mammals. Birds sleep, too. Even snakes, fish, and insects have a way of sleeping. How different animals sleep on land, in water, and in the air and the special ways they do it is the subject of this fascinating book for young readers.

Using accessible language and scientifically accurate terms, author Mary Batten shows how animals sleep in very different ways and for various lengths of time depending on their size, their physiology, and their habitat. From three-toed sloths hanging from tree branches to dolphins dozing near the ocean s surface, Batten presents a rich variety of wildlife and animal behavior. Additional information about the featured animals as well as simple explanations of terms such as hibernation and torpor are included in sidebars throughout the book.

Enhancing the text are illustrator Higgins Bond s vivid, realistic wildlife illustrations feature animals in their natural environments.

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MARY BATTEN, an award-winning writer for television, film and publishing, was nominated for an Emmy for her work on the Children's Television Workshop's science series 3-2-1 Contact and has written more than fifty nature documentaries for television, including the syndicated series Wild Wild World of Animals. She lives in Virginia.

HIGGINS BOND received a BFA from the Memphis College of Art and has illustrated many books for children. She lives in Tennessee.

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"...this gentle story describes where, when, how often and how long different animals sleep. Realistic paintings of particular species at rest fill three-quarters of each double-page spread...Both bedtime book and informational text, this appealing title ends with a short list of books and websites for further research." --Kirkus Reviews
"Informative, inviting narrative alongside detailed paintings..." --The Virginian-Pilot
"Cozy, moon-glowing illustrations illuminate the pages of this restful, informative picture book-a smart choice for bedtime reading." --Lodi News Central
"This is definitely one selection readers can cozy up with." --Library Media Connection
"A simple science title not only answers basic questions about when animals sleep, where they sleep, and how long they sleep, but also provides fascinating glimpses into some unusual ways of sleeping." --Books for Growing Minds
"...a beautifully illustrated book..." --New York State Reading Association Blog
"The book contains interesting and relevant facts about animals...colorful illustrations of animals in their habitats will enthrall young readers...highly recommended." --Science Books & Films

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