How Does Sleep Come? by Jeanne C. Blackmore, pictures by Elizabeth Sayles
A mother tucks her son into bed one night, and he asks her a question: “How does sleep come?” This is the beginning of a beautifully written book – the mother’s answers are comforting and soothing – perfect for bedtime or naptime reading.
The mother tells the boy:
“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.”
The boy snuggles under his covers and gets sleepier and sleepier. The mother compares sleep to a fog rolling gently into a harbor, clouds drifting in the sky, a cozy cat purring by the fire, and a butterfly landing gently.
The illustrations compliment the text with a cozy, dreamy feel. This is a wonderful before-sleep book to share with young children.