Author Laura Numeroff is well known in the world of kids’ literature for her “If You Give A…” series, which is all about different pay for homework creatures and the side effects that occur when you give them one thing. But Numeroff has written a number of books, including ones for very young children and ones that are aimed at the same crowd as the “If You Give A…” series is. One tale is about sleep and how, when they sleep, a little girl wonders what she is going to count to help her to doze off into dream land.
When Sheep Sleep was written by Numeroff and illustrated by David McPhail. This story is all about a young girl who counts
those big fluffy creatures in order to fall asleep. But one night she realizes that the little guys she’s counting are typically fast asleep! What, then, is she going to do when they are sleeping? She decides that she can count other animals to help her to drift off! So she goes in search of other animals that she can count.
First she finds cows, then pigs, and even bears and rabbits! But unfortunately she realizes that all of these animals are sleeping as well! What, then, will she be able to count in order to get to sleep? During her travels she sees many animals who are all cuddled and nuzzled together, sleeping peacefully in their habitats and under the stars. When she finally gets back home, she realizes that her trip to visit all of the animals has tired her out enough that she is easily able to fall asleep.
Unlike many of Numeroff’s children’s books, this book has a gentle rhyming scheme that is perfect for putting children to sleep, as it is repetitive and extremely easy to listen to. When Sheep Sleep is not just a book for when children are trying to go to sleep, however, but can be enjoyed by even the youngest in the family at any time during the day. If you’re looking for a tale for children about sleeping, When Sheep Sleep is one of the best.