All About Sleep from A to Zzzz
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.
JLG Release: Jan 2009
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Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Book List, The Horn Book Guide, School Library Journal
Junior Library Guild
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.
8 1/2" x 9 1/4"
Level 6.9; Points: 2;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 10.4; Points: 5;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
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,