Review: Sleepsong

Posted on December 31, 2008

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Sleepsong
By George Ella Lyon
Illustrated by Peter Catalanotto
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
December 2008
40 pages

Sleepsong is a marvelous book about the bedtime ritual. The top half of each 2-page spread contains colorful illustrations showing a little girl getting ready for bed. Across the bottom of those pages are dreamlike illustrations of lots of different animals sleeping. These enchanting images tell a story within a story. The simple, rhythmic prose, which can be read or sung, is the perfect accompaniment to the stories unfolding across the pages.

My 7-year old granddaughter read this book and loved it. Since she doesn’t read music, she made up her own tune.

Sleepsong is a timeless bedtime story filled with reassurance that all is right with the world.

Copyright (c) 2008 by Peggy Tibbetts

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