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Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean [Paperback]

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A soothing bedtime story answers the question of how marine mammals--animals that breathe air--manage to sleep in the ocean, inviting children to drift into peaceful sleep on the gentle waves of imagination.

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Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean is a soothing bedtime story that answers the question of how marine mammals - animals that breathe air manage to sleep in the ocean. Youngsters meet ten marine mammals, including sea otters, bottlenose dolphins, manatees, harbor seals, humpback whales and walruses, and learn about each animal's unique sleeping habits. Although the brief portraits are based on up-to-date scientific research, author Gail Langer Karwoski weaves the facts into simple, poetic language. Connie McLennan's rich oil paintings capture the ocean's habitats and its appealing creatures. The story invites children to drift into peaceful sleep on the gentle waves of imagination. An educational supplement in the back of the book includes teaching trivia about marine mammals, their sleep habits, and how they have adapted to their watery environment, and make-your-own marine mammal craft using various animal adaptations.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 10" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 10, 2007
Publisher   Sylvan Dell Publishing
ISBN  1934359017  
ISBN13  9781934359013  

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More About Gail Langer Karwoski & Connie McLennan

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gail Karwoski is an accomplished author who has written several children's books. Her books have been Junior Library Guild selections and National Council for the Social Studies notables. Her title Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean won a 2007 Teacher's Choice award. Her novel Seaman, the Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis and Clark details the adventures of a real-life hunting dog from American history. In addition to animals, Gail enjoys writing about science and "green" topics.

Gail Langer Karwoski currently resides in Oconee County Watkinsville Wat, in the state of Georgia. Gail Langer Karwoski was born in 1949.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Marine Life > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > Baby-3 > Bedtime & Dreaming

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First Grade Teacher in Love with the book WATER BEDS!  Jun 7, 2008
As a first grade teacher, I teach an ocean unit when we study animal habitats. This book was a great resource! The book goes beyond the animals of the ocean and teaches the unique ways marine mammals sleep. Even as an adult, I learned so much from this book. Lesson Extensions and activities are included in the back of the book which made my planning a lot easier!

My students enjoyed hearing the story and the descriptions of the way the marine mammals sleep. They were especially entertained learning about a dolphins rest time. I had several children closing one eye trying to imagine how one could rest in such a manner.

Gail Karowski's whimsical words and unique facts, combined with Connie McLennan's brilliant illustrations make this a great book for both children and adults!
A Good Book Choice for Bedtime or Learning  Mar 11, 2008
We bought this book because it had other great reviews and we thought it would be a nice, educational bedtime story to read to our kids.
We weren't disappointed...smooth, flowing and relaxing text about ocean animals sleeping habits and an excellent further learning, "For Creative Minds", section in the back. The mammals discussed in the book are: orcas, harbor seals, dolphins, manatees, humpback whales, northern fur seals, beluga whales, walruses, elephant seals and sea otters.
The illustrations of the ocean mammals are bright and colorful with lots of detail.
One funny thing about the illustrations though, the child is asleep (eyes closed) in the water with all the different animals, sometimes above the water and sometimes below. The first time we read the story we were almost finished when our son asked, "Mommy, is that boy dead?" Before he mentioned it I hadn't really thought about it, but the little boy (even though he does have bubbles coming out of his nose when under the water) does look sort of, well...drowned or dead. We quickly assured him the little boy was fine, just imagining what it would be like if he was sleeping in the water like one of those sea animals. The end of the book also reassures that "It's fun to imagine a sleep in the deep. . ."
I guess with the author's last words and our explanation everything made sense to him because it is now one of his favorite books to read at bedtime.
A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!  Jan 13, 2008
The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; Florrie Binford-Kichler, Founder of Patria Press, Inc.- an award-winning independent publisher and Member of The Children's Book Council; Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of The Just For Mom Foundation(tm) and the Mom's Choice Awards®. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards® seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book has been honored by this distinguished award.
Pleasure in Learning  Sep 12, 2007
Karwoski, Gail Langer. Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean. Illustrated by Connie McLennan. Mt. Pleasant, SC. Sylvan Dell Publishing. Hardback. 32 pages. $15.95. ISBN 0-9764943-1-0

Little Person sleeps in his warm, dry bed while dreaming about how marine mammals manage to get some rest in the depths of the ocean. Dolphins take turns on guard duty; manatees rise to the surface like bubbles, then sink again; Northern fur seals sleep on the shore, piled on top of each other like puppies.
We as humans spend about a third of our lives sleeping. Scientists think our brains will not work without sleep. What if we could "sleep" with one side of our brain and stay awake on the other side like whales and dolphins? Think how much work we could accomplish.
The elephant seal can sleep in the depths and suspend breathing for as long as two hours. Thick blubber under their skin keeps walruses warm in the icy sea.
Gail Langer Karwoski spent six years gathering material for this book. Typical of a Sylvan Dell picture book, parents and teachers can use this beautifully illustrated story for pleasure or learning. Most of their stories are fictional, but deal with non-fictional themes of science. At the end of each book is a section called For Creative Minds. Up-to-date scientific research gives fun facts about mammals. Students are given patterns and invited to create their own marine mammal.
Connie McLennan is an award-winning freelance artist. Her rich oil paintings are stunning. She positions "Little Person" swimming and sleeping along side the creatures in their deep water habitats. She uses the vivid colors of the best and sweetest dreams.
Hopefully Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean, which won the Mom's Choice Most Outstanding Children's Book Author 2005, will ease the child to sleep on "gentle waves of imagination.
A must have for all parents  Sep 25, 2006
In her delightfully informative book, author Gail Langer Karkowski delves deep into the world of animals sleep, and shares with her readers an inside look into the mysterious world of the ocean; a world children often wonder about.

Illustrator Connie McLennan compliments the text beautifully with her pictures. Best described as a perfect mix of realism and whimsy, McLennan's illustrations transport readers deep within the realms of the ocean to a place they've only dreamt about.

A must have for all children who dream, wonder, and explore.

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