Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - How Does Sleep Come

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Book Review - How Does Sleep Come

About the Book
Jeanne C. Blackmore drew upon her storytelling heritage to craft the idyllic prose and soothing rhythms of this gorgeous bedtime story, How Does Sleep Come? Jeanne's grandfather, Roger Duvoisin, was a Caldecott Medal-winning children's book author and illustrator, most notably of the Petunia stories and The Happy Lion series. All of her siblings are authors of one sort or another. Jeanne grew up surrounded by wonderful stories, some of the best coming from her older brother, Marc Duvoisin, who often set his tall tales to dramatic piano accompaniment.

“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.”

Within the lines of her poetic prose, Blackmore has brought to life the lilting cadence of an unheard serenade, creating an exquisite nighttime tale for all young readers, accompanied by the peaceful illustrations of New York Times best-selling illustrator Elizabeth Sayles. Featuring serene, softly textured landscapes, Sayles has brought the wondrous dreamscapes of the imagination to life in this sweet tale where a little boy drifts to the land of dreams with visions of quiet meadows and misty harbors guided by his mother’s love. The ideal bedtime story that explores the journey to sleep is sure to become a new classic for young readers.

My Take on the Book
What a beautiful story. The analogies Jeanne C. Blackmore makes to sleep will make any child or adult relax and settle into a comfy sleep mode. Sleep comes quietly like a snowflake, silently like fog, softly like a cloud, peacefully like a cat, and gently like a butterfly. The illustrations by Elizabeth Sayles are an exquisite accompaniment to the text. The colors she chose are soothing and calming like sleep should be.

I believe you will find this book a special one to share with your young child.

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