All About Sleep from A to Zzzz

By: Elaine Scott

Illustrator: John O’Brien

On average, people spend one third of their lives asleep. But what is sleep? In the sixth century BC, it was thought that people fell asleep because all the blood had drained from their heads. Scientists have come a long way since then, but many mysteries remain. For example, what causes narcolepsy? And how can someone get out of bed, leave home, walk to a nearby construction site, and climb a 130-foot-tall crane, all without waking up? Introduction. Afterword. Annotated list for further reading. Index. Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780670061884

JLG Release: Jan 2009


Sensitive Areas: None,
Topics: Sleep , Sleepwalking , Dreams , Scientific theories , Sleep deprivation , Neurotransmitters , Circadian rhythms , Biological clocks , Brain waves , Stages of sleep , Memory , Interpreting dreams , Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) , Nightmares , Sleep terror , Snoring , Narcolepsy , Benefits of sleep , Good sleep habits

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Horn Book

"Everyone agrees that sleep is necessary--as necessary as food and water." This accessible introduction to sleep science discusses past and present theories on how and why the body sleeps, circadian rhythms, brain waves, dreaming, and other slumber-related topics. Crosshatched black-and-white cartoons whimsically illustrate some of the concepts des "Everyone agrees that sleep is necessary--as necessary as food and water." This accessible introduction to sleep science discusses past and present theories on how and why the body sleeps, circadian rhythms, brain waves, dreaming, and other slumber-related topics. Crosshatched black-and-white cartoons whimsically illustrate some of the concepts described. Reading list, websites. Ind.

Junior Library Guild

Elaine Scott packs a wealth of information into All About Sleep from A to Zzzz. With short, accessible chapters that directly address the reader, she explains that the brain plays an important role: “[A]re you doing nothing when you sleep? Science says no. While your body may be still and you are not aware of your surroundings, your brain Elaine Scott packs a wealth of information into All About Sleep from A to Zzzz. With short, accessible chapters that directly address the reader, she explains that the brain plays an important role: “[A]re you doing nothing when you sleep? Science says no. While your body may be still and you are not aware of your surroundings, your brain is still busy.” She then clarifies that while falling asleep and waking up happen to the entire body, the process begins in the brain. “Therefore, in order to understand anything about sleep, you have to understand something about the brain.”

Scott goes on to cover topics including circadian rhythms, jet lag, the stages of sleep, dreams, nightmares, narcolepsy, sleepwalking, and much more. The well-presented scientific information is supplemented throughout with fascinating anecdotes: The longest record for going without sleep, for example, is eleven days. The loudest snoring on record, 90 decibels, is “about the same as a train whistle.” And Harriet Tubman had narcolepsy, sometimes falling asleep as she led people to safety!

John O’Brien’s whimsical line art makes the subject matter even more approachable. For instance, an illustration of bobbin-wearing warriors with needle-like spears accompanies the text: “Elias Howe, who invented the sewing machine, came up with the idea of a needle with the hole at the pointed end after he had a nightmare about being chased by warriors whose spears had a hole near the point!”

All About Sleep entertains as it informs: a winning combination.

Book Details

ISBN

9780670061884

First Release

January 2009

Genre

Nonfiction.

Dewey Classification

612.8/21

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 9 1/4"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.9; Points: 2;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 10.4; Points: 5;

Lexile

Level NC1050L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None,

Topics

Sleep, Sleepwalking, Dreams, Scientific theories, Sleep deprivation, Neurotransmitters, Circadian rhythms, Biological clocks, Brain waves, Stages of sleep, Memory, Interpreting dreams, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Nightmares, Sleep terror, Snoring, Narcolepsy, Benefits of sleep, Good sleep habits,

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