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A soothing story that answers the question of how marine mammals manage to breathe air while they sleep in the ocean. Youngsters meet ten mammals, including sea otters, dolphins, manatees, humpback whales and walruses, and learn about each animal's unique sleeping habits. While the brief portraits are based on up-to-date scientific research, the facts are woven into simple, poetic language and rich oil paintings capture the ocean's habitats and its appealing creatures. The educational supplement includes teaching trivia about marine mammals' adaptations to their watery environment, and a make-your-own marine mammal craft using various animal adaptations. For ages 2-8. All Sylvan Dell titles feature free education resources at www.SylvanDellPublishing.com, including the "For Creative Minds" sections and additional teaching activities.
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Award-winning illustrator Connie McLennan has been a freelance artist for over 25 years, since attending Academy of Art College in San Francisco. In addition to illustrating Ready, Set...Wait! (Fall 2010), she has also illustrated Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls, The Rainforest Grew All Around, River Beds: Sleeping in the World's Rivers, Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean, and Octavia and her Purple Ink Cloud for Arbordale Publishing. Her studio is at her home in California, where she lives with her husband, teenage son, and one big, black cat. Visit Connie's website: http: //www.conniemclennan.com/

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PreS-Gr 1-As a young boy slumbers, readers learn about the sleeping habits of 10 assorted water mammals, such as whales, seals, and dolphins. Karwoski introduces the story with an informative preface in which she points out the vast differences in these mammals' sleeping habits. However, the picture-book pages that follow, while age-appropriate, seem too simplistic in contrast. Attractive artwork resembling oil paintings helps set the deep-sea mood by using a blue-gray palette. Nonetheless, at times the appearance of the young boy sleeping underwater is disconcerting. The author provides an appendix where still more information about the mammals is highlighted. The bibliography and extended artwork suggestions rely on using the publisher's Web page to aid in creating original drawings.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

The connection with a child's understanding of sleep is a natural few authors have exploited, and it appears to work. The result is an intriguing discussion of a scientific question in a language that is nonthreatening and completely relevant to the reader. - Science Books & Films Water Beds dives into the many mysteries of animal sleep with illustrations that are a dream come true. It's a great way to introduce youngsters to the variety of sleeping patterns found in marine animals ranging from killer whales to sea otters to walruses. A wonderful bedtime story, perfect for inspiring dreams on the beauty of the oceans. - SeaWorld Adventure Parks This journey is the basis for a soothing instruction of marine mammal sleep habits, delivered in a simplified but accurate manner. - Foreword Reviews

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