How Does Sleep Come? by Jeanne C. Blackmore

Posted September 16, 2012 by shooting in Uncategorized / 10 Comments

How Does Sleep Come? written by Jeanne C. Blackmore and pictures by Elizabeth Sayles

Review by Lauren

Copy from Sourcebooks, but all opinions are my own

Review: How Does Sleep Come is a lovely story for little ones. Jacob is going to sleep one night, but before he does, he asks his mom the title question. She goes on to tell him just how sleep comes…comparing it to snow and clouds and even a cat. It comes quietly and gently and all sorts of other ways. It’s a very relaxing story, if you can’t tell; perfect for a nighttime read!

One of the things that I loved about this book are the use of illustration. Inbetween each new way that sleep comes, there is a page where it says that Jacob yawns and stretches and even that he closes his eyes near the end. I like these pages because they utilize the part of the story just stated. For example, the first way that sleep comes is quietly like a snowfall…and you turn the page to where it says: Jacob snuggled under his covers. On the picture, you can clearly see Jacob lying in bed with some snow falling down on him. Each page of Jacob in bed is similar to this one, which I really enjoyed.

Check out the snow picture below or on the illustrator’s blog:


Like I mentioned above, this truly is a great book for nighttime. It’s obviously all about falling asleep but the rhythm of the words throughout give a sort of lulling feel, perfect for putting a little one to bed. On the back of my review copy, they give you the last lines in the book and it perfectly shows what I mean-

Jacob closed his eyes.
And the snow fell.
And the fog rolled in.
And the clouds drifted.
And the cat purred.
And the butterfly alit.
And quietly, silently, softly, peacefully, gently, Jacob fell asleep. 

10 responses to “How Does Sleep Come? by Jeanne C. Blackmore

  1. I write about children's books and I was happy to come across this. I'm always curious to see the work of SourceBooks. This will go to the top of my to-read list! I wonder how it compares to Goodnight Moon? I wonder if the lullaby picture book is a genre unto itself?

  2. This book look so sweet! I've been reading on bedtiming lately, and I plan on having a reading ritual to help the little one wind down. This would be a perfect addition to the nursery library.

  3. This is adorable! I love that even though you are no longer a kid, you can still appreciate a story written for children. My personal favorite bedtime story is goodnight moon. My grandma used to read it to me all the time when I was little, and we would always look for the little mouse hidden on every page. Stories like this definitely hold a special place in my heart.

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