Linda Ashman

children's book author, mom, wife, writing instructor, animal lover, gardener, vegetarian . . .

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"Ashman has written a splendid bedtime fantasy that's perfect for cold winter nights and, by example, could lead to parents and children putting their heads together to create their own tales. A tender read-aloud that ends comfortingly in mother's arms and then snuggled into bed." Kirkus Reviews

"A rhyming bedtime ritual told in the voices of a parent and a child. Instead of going to sleep, the young pajama-clad girl decides to go sailing. The large, appealing illustrations show the adventurous child on her expedition to the Great White North. The polar land and seascapes feature cool whites and blues, while the friendly and accommodating animals are warm and velvety. Smooth sailing to dreamland." School Library Journal

"A warm and loving bedtime tale for parent and child, this book is soothing to the eye as well as the heart. A little girl who is reluctant at bedtime tells her mother that rather than sleep she'll go sailing. Her imaginary journey to the North Pole brings her back home to mom for a cuddle and a good night kiss before she sails off to sleep." Children's Literature

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From SAILING OFF TO SLEEP. Illustrations c2001 by Susan Winter. With permission of Simon & Schuster.

Author's Note

It's nighttime, my little one.
Climb into bed.

I don't want to sleep.
I'll go sailing instead.

There's only one problem:
Your ship has no sail.

I'm tying my boat
to the tail of a whale.

The first few lines of this book came to me while rocking Jackson in the middle of the night soon after he was born. It was wintertime, and a bit chilly -- even in Los Angeles -- so my thoughts drifted to icy places and polar bears. And, of course, I really wanted him to sleep so I could get some sleep! Recently I realized the book has a rocking-chair rhythm to it, owing, no doubt, to all the time we spent together in that chair.

I love Susan Winter's gorgeous paintings for this book, and only wish I could curl up with that polar bear myself.

Teaching Themes: Arctic animals, geography, avoiding bedtime, parental love, imaginary adventures, poetry and rhyme.


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"A go-to source of calm and comfort." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
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"Altogether delightful." Starred review, KIRKUS
"Excellent advice in a sweet and easy-to-swallow package." KIRKUS
"A memorable first skate by an irresistible imp." Starred review, KIRKUS
"Ashman's concept is both sophisticated and delightful." KIRKUS
"Beautifully crafted and satisfying." Starred Review, BOOKLIST
"Kids will love the colorful paintings while parents will appreciate that it's chock full of facts about the Centennial State." VAIL DAILY
A "lovely reverie on the joys of being alive and being loved." Starred Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"As pithy and clever as Ogden Nash at his best." Starred Review, KIRKUS
"A splendid bedtime fantasy." KIRKUS
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"Ashman's poetic portraits are packed with lots of tasty assonance and alliteration." Starred Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Quirky, sarcastic, and rather educational, too." BOOKLIST
"A 10 on the "aw"-inspiring scale." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"A family outing gone hilariously awry." BOOKLIST
"A rip-roaring, exciting excursion." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
An "enchanting ride." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"The clever, rhyming text bounces along with perfect cadence." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A riotous adventure." HORN BOOK MAGAZINE
"Vibrant, playful text . . . excellent for storytimes." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A hilarious look at the world through the sharp eyes and nose of a dog." SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE
"This one's a keeper." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"Youngsters will find nothing but comfort in these pages." KIRKUS
"Ashman captures the non-stop action in rollicking rhyme." KIRKUS
A "captivating collaboration." Starred Review, KIRKUS
"A lighthearted look at bad behavior." KIRKUS
Wagmore is "a charming, gentle hero." KIRKUS REVIEWS