Sleepy Animals

Children - Animals
42 Pages
Reviewed on 01/02/2021
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

All baby animals need to feel safe and loved. They need to be fed, allowed to play, and, most important, they need a safe, comfortable place to sleep. Owls, foxes, even frogs looking for their frog princess, and skunks who have a nasty smell. Children are no different for they too need to feel safe and loved; they need to have good food to eat, time to play, and a safe place to sleep. “I am brave. I am strong./ I am young. I belong.” This may be the chant of the wolf cub, but it’s a positive, morale-boosting chant for all youngsters “who live to dream another day.”

Suzy Davies's picture book story, Sleepy Animals, is a charming look at the babies of the animal kingdom. Using a selection of baby animals, based on one child’s collection of stuffed baby animal toys, she has written a cute poem about each of the selected animals, cleverly sharing some valuable insights into the animal and their natural habitat and sleeping habits. She gives each animal an adorable name that suits their characters: Little Owl, Love-A-Duck, Housie Mousie, and Barnaby Bear, among others. The gentle, lyrical rhyme of each poem is a soothing, settle-down story that will lull even the most restless child into a deep, peaceful sleep. Suggestions of treats and dreams, like “I dream of places, like ponds and lake,/ until it’s time for me to wake/” (Love-A Duck) will certainly lure a child into sleepy dreamland. The illustrations are lovely and certainly complement each poem. A real treasure of a book.