It's nighttime, my little one.
From SAILING OFF TO SLEEP. Illustrations c2001 by Susan Winter. With permission of Simon & Schuster.
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.