Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep

McPhail, David (Illustrator)
Little, Brown 2012. 40 pages
First published: 2012
ISBN: 9780316070454 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

figurative language

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Precious bedtime moments between mother and child are lovingly recreated in this book. Warm-toned illustrations offer surreal, dreamlike images: the bedroom seems to grow real leaves from the walls; a lion and an elephant lean through the window; more animals peek through the door. Mother tucks in the blankets: “The answer, darling little child, is every creature, tame and wild, has night and day, has still and leap, has wide awake and sound asleep.”

The middle section uses language that’s equally fun to read aloud. Alphabet-themed vignettes feature sleepy animals and expound on each letter-sound: the “Antelope is already asleep,” “Baby Bison has bedded down,” “Cat’s curled up on a crimson couch cushion.” In this section, illustrations continue to refer to the fantastic, as cursive letter-forms are integrated into pictures of the animals in their habitats. The baby otter snuggles the O “out on the ocean.” The P seems perched “on a precipice, Panda plumps down peacefully.”

The final image returns to the bedroom where the animals sleep and the child’s eyes are finally drooping. This book can be enjoyed both as a soothing bedtime story and as a stimulating exploration of language.

  •  

    Make predictions about the book based on the cover, the title and your prior knowledge.

  •  

    Before reading each page, follow the pattern and use the illustrations to guess the words that will appear in the verse.

  •  Draw a picture of yourself going to bed. Make your own class alphabet going-to-sleep book.
  •  Create an alphabox with the words related to the animals or to sleep. As you come up with new words related to sleep, add them to your list.
  •  

    Define relevant words (yawn, plump down, doze off, etc.). Create a mind map to show the links between them.

  •  Create a diamante poem on sleeping, using words from the book.
  •  

    Using words from the text, discuss your evening pattern of getting ready to go to sleep.

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