Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean
Gail Langer Karwoski & Connie McLennan
Arbordale, 2007 (2005)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
n her Preface, Gail Langer Karwoski speaks of the sleep habits of marine mammals, and of our own need for sleep. She suggests that '
As our minds drift into sleep, we can pretend that we're floating on gentle waves all night long.
ater Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean
begins with Connie McLennan's well executed illustration of a boy tucked into bed, alongside stuffed animals that are sea critters, his imagination clearly wide awake. Karwoski's text asks, '
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sleep in the deep, deep sea?
he boy appears in each picture that follows, mimicking the position of the sleeping marine mammals he's with. First we meet
a rhythmic dance of black and white in the blue sea.
' Next we snooze along with
Northern fur seals
bob like buoys in the brine
he book concludes with a couple of informatory pages on marine mammals, and a craft to
Make Your Own Marine Mammal
, with guidance on selecting and drawing its attributes. Kids interested in the ocean's inhabitants will treasure
, and adults will enjoy reading (and learning) along with them.
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