cover image Animal Sleepyheads: 1 to 10

Animal Sleepyheads: 1 to 10

Joanna Cole. Scholastic, $0 (26pp) ISBN 978-0-590-40919-3

""Five sleepy elephants/ Tucked in big bunk beds./ Whisper softly everyone/ Don't wake those sleepyheads.'' There are also sleepy dogs, polar bears, possums, mice, tigers, etc., in numbers from 1 to 10. The rhyming text is simple and understated, although the counting lesson and some of the animals' bedtime habitspossums hanging from trees, or 10 mice in one bedare more reason for excitement and fun than for lulling children to sleep. Bassett's troops, in delicate watercolors and simple ink lines, are likable and appealing. Ages 3-6. (February)