Follow by Email

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Ways of Sleeping


After finishing Dreamland last week, I have been sleeping better...or maybe just appreciating the sleep I do get and incorporating a few of the recommendations from the book. No screen glare after 8:00 p.m. A reasonable calming routine that sometimes involves milk and a cookie. A bit of reading by a low light. Clearing my mind. Accepting my dreams.

I could also follow the advice given to the young, not-tired girl by her parents in Mary Logue's Sleep Like a Tiger. Despite her insistence that she is not sleepy, they insist she put on pajamas, wash her face, brush her teeth, and climb into bed. Then they tell her how all the creatures she loves go to sleep. The dog curls up in a ball on a lovely blue couch. The cat stretches out on a rug in front of the fireplace. Bats tuck in their wings. Whales circle the ocean. Snails "curl up like a cinnamon roll inside their shell." Grizzly bears make cozy dens. And tigers find shade before sleeping to stay strong.

I love how her non-sleepiness is resolved. But I especially love Pamela Zagarenski's lovely artwork. The everchanging backgrounds and patterns captivate me, and the unique additions of banners and crowns (and a traded Raggedy Ann and stuffed tiger) keep my eyes searching.

8 comments:

  1. I think I'm gonna take a nap. Thanks for the suggestion.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Another synchronicity!!! This week, on the same day that my bookseller friend recommended Joyce Sidman's Dark Emperor, she also recommended Sleep Like a Tiger! So I had put that on request at my library with the other. We were loving Zagarenski's art too, but your description is making me wish I had it tonight, here, "curled up" on my couch, on this cold winter's night. In French one says, "Fais de beaux rêves," or we would say, Sweet Dreams!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Isn't it lovely? Did you see it won a Caldecott Honor on Monday? It was actually my choice for the Medal. Have you seen Pamela's work in Joyce Sidman's books RED SINGS FROM TREETOPS and THIS IS JUST TO SAY?

      Delete
  3. this sounds like the perfect book and i like all of your new approaches to bedtime...especially the cookie.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Have you tried the cookie fix lately? Maybe we can conduct an experiment this summer.

      Delete
  4. Just read a review of Dreamland; think I'll get it for my new Kindle Fire!

    ReplyDelete
  5. And now Pamela's book has gotten a Caldecott Honor! Hooray!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was so glad to see that - though I hoped for a medal.

      Delete