Do you know these books that capture you from the first page? That have just the right amount of being fantastical and realistic? “Sleep like a tiger” is one of these books – maybe it is because Finja is a lot like the little girl in this beautiful illustrated hardcover. Because the protagonist, a little girl, doesn’t want to go to sleep. She’s just not tired and not sleepy at all.
The parents of this little girl are clever. She doesn’t need to go to sleep – she just has to put her pajamas on. And because it feels so nice to be clean she chooses to brush her teeth – and then slips under the cover of her bed, although she is wide awake. “Does everything go to sleep”, she asks… The little girl is positive she wants to stay awake all night long. But the dog curled up on the couch, the cat in front of the fireplace, cuddling bats, circling whales, curled up snails, cozy bears and last, but not least, the strong tiger convince her to curl up just like them – and she “fells fast – asleep”.
“Sleep like a tiger” is a Caldecott honor book. The Caldecott medal is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. It’s not surprising that the illustrations by Pamela Zagarenski were honored with the 2013 Randolph Caldecott Honor Award. The colorful pictures invite you to dream, as does Mary Logue’s story…
It’s one of the books that calm down our active daughter. She doesn’t fall asleep during reading loud, but then again – who does? I’m not, no matter how tired I am… 😉 But she loves to browse through the pages on her own. And I enjoy the simple, but compelling story and the artistic illustrations. Because now matter how much you read – there are only a handful of books that are really special. This is one of them.
That’s why we honor “Sleep like a tiger” as well – with five crowns for illustrations and storyline.
Written by: Mary Logue
Illustrated by: Pamela Zagarenski
Series: Caldecott Medal – Honors Winning Title(s)
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Children