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The 108th Sheep
by Ayano Imai
Emma cannot sleep a wink! She tries drinking warm milk and even reading lots of books, but Emma still cannot sleep. So she decides to count sheep to help fall asleep. All goes well until Emma reaches 108. Then, the 108thsheep doesn't appear. Emma, along with 109, 110 and all the following sheep must try to find a way to help 108 or none of them will get to sleep. Luckily E ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Tiger Tales
(first published September 4th 2006)
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Children's picture book. Emma has a hard time falling asleep, so she tries counting sheep. She counts up to 107 sheep, but something has happened to the 108th sheep. The illustrations in this book are fascinating, also the paper used in this book has great texture. Use in a unit about counting in the hundred's, nighttime or problem solving.
This is a really sweet bedtime story about a little girl that can't fall asleep. She decides to count sheep, only the 108th sheep can't seem to jump over her headboard...no one will be able to go to sleep if he isn't up for the task. The book has really darling black & white illustrations.
Imai's spare visual style and narrative simplicity give this story its push while leaving space for the reader's imagination. Emma's strategy for getting to sleep is commonly enough referred to—does anyone really count sheep?—but the narrative arc that includes a sheep who struggles to jump Emma's bed creates the situation that solves Emma's problem. Imai's use of the page (printed on textured stock) and each lined frame leaves lots of space to dream. I don't know whether younger readers will ge ...more
Born in London, England, in 1980, Ayano Imai spent much of her youth traveling the globe with her family. From 1986 to 1990, she lived in Japan then relocated to the United States, splitting time between Connecticut and Los Angeles. After returning to Japan in 1994, she studied Japanese painting, specifically mineral pigment painting, at Musashino Art University in Tokyo. While there, she develope ...moreMore about Ayano Imai...