How does sleep come?

Grandma, I don’t know how to sleep. ~ My Little Professor, two nights ago

Thus says the kiddo. And that statement intrigued me. Grandma had to pull him out of class the day before and take him to a doctor due to a stomach ache. Whatever medication the doctor gave him, he slept the rest of the day and that might well be the reason why that night he didn’t know how to sleep anymore. 

So when I checked my Shelf Awareness newsletter and found “How Does Sleep Come?” I thought I would enter the link that invites possible readers and buyers of the book to win a free ARC (Advance Reading Copy). I like what I saw although the fill-in-the-gaps form looks like the ARC is only for US residents.   Nevertheless it sounds opportune to my little guy’s sleeping predicament and I am happy to share with you some info of this lovely, new bedtime classic.

It is a picture book debut of Jeanne Blackmore, a granddaughter of Roger Duvoisin whose tradition of creating beautiful books for children is well-known among readers, reviewers, lovers of children’s books. Notice how Blackmore writes simply but poetically which makes How Does Sleep Come an ideal sleepy time tale:

“How does sleep come?” Jacob asked his Mama as he climbed into bed. Jacob’s Mama tucked the covers all around Jacob just so, and then she told him. “Sleep comes quietly. Like a snowfall that blankets a meadow on a dark starry night, and lays down a soft white canvas for rabbits to leave footprints.”

Jacob closed his eyes.
And the snow fell.
And the fog rolled in.
And the clouds drifted.
And the cat purred.
And quietly, silently, softly, peacefully, gently, Jacob fell asleep.

If you might be interested in the ARC go to this link. The book is coming in September 2012 from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.

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8 thoughts on “How does sleep come?

  1. “Grandma, I don’t know how to sleep.”

    – This line made me smile. Reminded me of those days when my kids were still in their toddler years.

    And the book sure looks like an interesting read. Thanks for sharing!

    • Agree, that line made me smile for a while. I never heard my daughter asking that question but im certain that she has that question at the back of her mind 😀

  2. I think I need this too, my sleep rhythm has gone bonkers…perhaps I need a change in habit or it’s just a sign of aging. :/ Hope the little professor is feeling well!

  3. I’m planning to have my family join me (where I am based right now) real soon, this will come handy. I love reading too and would love to read for my kids. 😉

  4. This is a very nice article. In my experience I have not heard the line -“how does sleep come” with my children, they do not have a hard time sleeping, once their back touch the bed, they could sleep in no time :).

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