Item description for Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming...
Overview Young children join Bear, Snail, Skunk, and Turtle as they try to avoid going to sleep for the winter, in a vividly illustrated bedtime companion by the creator of the Caldecott Honor Book In the Small, Small Pond.
Publishers Description "Bear sniffed once. She sniffed twice. 'I smell winter in the air. . . .'" A chill is in the air and Bear knows it is time for her winter nap. But first, she must tell Snail. And Snail must tell Skunk. And Skunk must tell Turtle. Each animal who tries to put off going to sleep just a little longer sees, smells, hears, or tastes the signs of the impending season. Finally, Ladybug rushes off to tell Bear--already asleep in her cave--the exciting news. "Time to Sleep" is a perfect bedtime story, one that is sure to warm the heart in any season anywhere.
Awards and Recognitions Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming has received the following awards and recognitions -
Red Clover Award - 1999 Nominee - Picture Book category
Citations And Professional Reviews Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 08/11/1997 page 400
Kirkus Review - Children - 08/01/1997 page 1221
Booklist - 10/01/1997 page 336
School Library Journal - 11/01/1997 page 80
New York Times - 01/04/1998 page 20
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1997 page 13
Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1998 page 64
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 598
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 871
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1313
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Studio: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.26" Width: 10.32" Height: 0.41" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Sep 15, 1997
Publisher Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN 0805037624 ISBN13 9780805037623
Availability 0 units.
More About Denise Fleming
Denise Fleming has written and illustrated many children's books, including In the Tall, Tall Grass, Shout! Shout It Out!, and Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy. She won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. Denise published her first painting in the third grade, when she started taking classes at the Toledo Museum of Art and one of her paintings was chosen to be the cover of a teacher's magazine. She now works primarily with paper, by pouring colored paper pulp through hand-cut stencils. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.
Denise Fleming currently resides in Toledo, in the state of Ohio. Denise Fleming was born in 1950.
Reviews - What do customers think about Time to Sleep?
Future Librarian is always pleased when it's "Time to Sleep" Mar 11, 2008
Caldecott Honoree Denise Fleming is back with a great introduction to the concept of hibernation. Bear sees that it's time to go to sleep for the winter, and the message is passed from snails to skunks in the forest so that all are prepared for the impending season and model the idea of looking out for others. Ms. Fleming's unusual illustrations process, combining complimentary colors, stencils and cotton pulp, provide unforgettable results. Alliteration abounds, encouraging phonological awareness in the early reader. While "Sleepy Bear" by Lydia Dabcovich also explores hibernation, "Time to Sleep" remains a superior choice, due to the tremendous world Fleming builds through patterned language and evocative vocabulary, where woodchucks sigh and turtles ramble
Teaches a valuable lesson Oct 29, 2002
My 3 year old loves this book for the beautiful illustrations of the animals and the forest during Autumn. However, one night after we read it a bedtime, she looked over at me and said that she liked "how all of the animals took care of each other." If she can get this simple, yet crucially important lesson from a children's book, I would say that the author has gone above and beyond her intentions.
A BEAUTIFUL TREAT Sep 27, 2001
This book is another stunning sucess for Fleming. Beautiful illustrations, which employ autumn-ish color schemes, make for a visual treat, while the story conveys a wonderful message of social responsibility. Highly recommended for bedtime as well as discussions about hibernation (all the information about each animal's hibernation behavior is accurate, and obviously researched).
I loved using this book with my kindergarten class!! Jul 9, 1999
This is a wonderful book to use when explaining the concept of hibernation and change of season. There is a terrific flow from page to page with a "surprise" ending that my students loved. It is a wonderful spring-board for class discussions and "acting - out" activities!
A quick look at the book, author, and illustrator. May 6, 1999
The leaves are changing color and the days are getting cooler. " I smell winter in the air," said bear. " It is time for me to crawl into my cave and sleep." " But I must tell snail first." As a forest of friends, realize that the leaves are changing and that winter is coming, they must tell each other. It starts with bear, and she tells snail. Snail tells skunk then skunk must tell turtle and the list goes on. Finally, ladybug gets the message and she goes to tell bear. When she gets there, bear is already sleeping in her cave. Lady bug wakes up bear and tells her that winter is near and that is time for her to crawl into her cave and sleep. Bear says "Ladybug, I am in my cave and I was sleeping." Ladybug says she is sorry. Then all the animals say goodnight to each other. This book is not very exciting compared to most children's books. There is not really a turning point. All that the tale does is repeat the same thing from animal to animal. The animals just tell each other that winter is coming and that it is time to sleep. Author Denise Fleming did a poor job of writing the story. The moral of the story, which is to go to sleep when it is bedtime, was weak. She could have easily put in more detail and action and still get the same point across. Even though the author did a bad job with lack of excitement she did do a good job of describing the setting and what was going on. When snail is moving Fleming used the words " slowly slithered", when she described how turtle moved, she used the words " trudged up Woodchucks hill," and she used the words " scritch and scratch" to describe how skunk was digging. By using these words the reader can picture how the animals were moving. Although the writing was bad the illustrations were good. The pictures are the only thing that the book has going for it. The illustrator did a great job of showing detail and using bright colors. The leaves were bright and different colors, just as they would be expected to be in the fall. Good detail was also used with the shape of the leaves, trees, animals, and each animal's house. Some other good things about the book are that the print is big, there are only a few sentence on each page, and there are not very many big words. These are good examples of why this book would be good for kids who are learning how to read. Because there are not a lot of big words, so kids would be able to understand what they are reading. Time to Sleep would make a great bedtime story, because it would probably bore kids to death. This book would be a great story for kids to read, but because of its lack of excitement it wouldn't be a very good book to read to them. - Jessica Pace