REVIEW: While You Sleep by Jennifer Maruno, illustrations by Miki Sato
Breathtaking collage art and exquisite rhyming couplets showcase fantastical dreams as the natural world is prepared for a new day in this gentle bedtime book.
As the day ends and a little girl is put to sleep by her mother, night-helper bunnies work their magic to tidy and polish the world. These helpers paint flowers, dust butterflies, and charge rainbows to make the world a beautiful place to wake up to.
Miki Sato’s collage art, which combines paper, textiles, and embroidery silk, creates a three-dimensional dream world that is rich in detail and texture. Jennifer Maruno uses soothing rhyming couplets that celebrate the beauty of nature, creating a uniquely magical world.
Do you have a child who wants to know what happens when they are asleep? Let this book tell them what goes on and all the hard work needed to keep the world beautiful.
“For while you sleep, there’s work to be done
Someone has to polish the sun.
Comb the grass, straighten the trees
Place a dot on the black-eyed peas.”
While a little girl drifts off to sleep and her cat settles on the bed, her bunnies have a lot of things they need to do.
I thought the artwork looked familiar and sure enough, I enjoyed the collage work done by Miki Sato in “Golden Threads.” This is a charming story with gorgeous illustrations that becomes a work of art. A