The average human sleeps a total of twenty-four years over a lifetime. That’s a lot of naps! Yet people aren’t the only ones who enjoy a good rest; if you look around, you’ll find that all animals have a biological need for sleep. But some animals snooze in ways that we would find startling—if not absolutely impossible. A sooty tern, an island bird, takes a nap in midair as it slowly flaps its wings. A fruit bat gets forty winks while hanging upside down from a tree branch. A bottlenose dolphin can put half of its brain to sleep while it continues to swim. What other remarkable methods of sleep exist?
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Sneed B. Collard III has written more than fifty books for young people. In 2006, he received the Washington Post–Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award for his body of work. He lives with his family in Montana.To learn more about Sneed B. Collard III, visit www.sneedbcollardiii.com.
PreSchool-Grade 3-This picture book presents the sleep behaviors of a wide variety of creatures from all over the world. The appealing watercolor illustrations consist of single- and double-page paintings. Soft, pastel backgrounds cradle brighter hues, bringing into focus each animal as it takes a nap, hibernates, or sleeps. The large-print text uses general terms to describe the different ways and places that these animals rest, while paragraphs written in smaller type delve into more details about each species. Though the entries are brief, the information is clearly presented. Readers learn how orangutans weave a sleeping nest, mother pandas nap with their babies, and sea otters "sack out in a nearby kelp bed." There are some interesting tidbits: the bottlenose dolphin rests half its brain while the other half navigates the deeps, and the sooty tern dozes in flight. The author also explains that scientists don't really know much about the rest habits of invertebrates, such as giant clams. A solid offering for nature lovers.
Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA
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