"No Sleep for the Sheep" by Karen Beaumont could just have easily been titled "No Sleep for the Mommy (or Daddy)." Every parent will appreciate the long line of animals who keep coming to bed a little to late, and climbing into the manger with the increasingly sleepy Sheep. Children will love the animal sounds, the rhythm of the writing, and the colorful illustrations that anticipate each new animal at the door.
The only unrealistic part of this book was at the end when the sheep managed to keep sleeping once the rooster crowed, and finally catch up on some shut-eye. Can I sleep in, please?
Overall, the funniest bedtime book yet, and one the kids wanted to hear again and again.
Books for Children Ages: 1 to 6 years old
Related Discussion Topics: Bedtime, sleeping, being considerate of others, animal sounds.
- Make your own "No Sleep" play set. Use a small box (the ones I get diaper wipes refills in worked great for me), cut out a door, and paint red or cover with red construction paper. Then make a puppet for each animal in the book. Find a picture of the animal in an old magazine and glue to a popsicle stick (you can get a whole package at the dollar store), for instant bedtime fun. Play putting all the animals to bed as a great way to prepare your little one for their own bedtime trip. Skills: language development, fine motor, imaginary play.
- Make going to bed fun by letting your child choose which animal to be. "Do you want to go to bed like a cow, or a duck?" Then have fun with it making the animal sounds, and moving like that animal all the way to bed. Skills: gross motor, imaginary play.
Culture Differences: This book presented a universal theme - sleeping. Parents who encourage co-sleeping or a "family bed" approach will appreciate this book as all the animals sleep in a single manger in a big pile. But, since it is animals, those with more traditional sleeping arrangements will not notice anything amiss either.
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book