water beds: sleeping in the ocean

Summary:

I sleep in my bed, but what about the whales and the dolphins and the otters? How do they sleep? Where do they sleep? Follow along as a young child imagines himself sleeping like the other sea animals do.

Educational Themes:
Younger children (pre-readers) will enjoy exploring the pictures. Ask them to point out the child, or pretend to be the child sleeping like the pictured mammal. You can expand the science value of the book with the "For Creative Minds" section and the drawing.
Reading Level:
3.6
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with 6½-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. For personal reading, this is an enjoyable book, but not the kind of story you'd share every day. This is STRONGLY recommended for a school or public library.
Little Kid Reaction:

Our daughter was less interested in listening to the story than she was looking for the "cute" animals (like the sea otters) and imitating them.

Big Kid Reaction:

This was an interesting way to talk about how animals sleep underwater. The illustrations are beautiful and soothing ... just what you want at bedtime. Of all the "For Creative Minds" projects that I've seen in Sylvan Dell books, I really liked the drawing instructions. What a great way to show kids how similar and unique animals can be.

Pros:

Kids can see for themselves the answer to one of their favorite questions: how do animals sleep underwater?

Cons:

By using the term "little person," the author approached her readers at arms length. It's not a very personable or friendly greeting, and is really rather stilted to read. The artist may have been trying to create a gender-neutral child, but when asked, my daughter said it was a boy.


Title Water Beds: Sleeping In The Ocean
Author Gail Langer Karwoski
Publisher Arbordale Publishing © 2005
Illustrators Connie McLennan
ISBN 9780976494317
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.95
Genres Picture Book, Nature, Animals (Nonfiction), Interactive Learning
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