Close Your Eyes by Kate Banks

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A little tiger takes an imaginative journey

The little tiger lay on his back in the tall grass.
"Close your eyes, little tiger," said his mother, "and go to sleep."

But the little tiger is worried about what sleep might bring.
His mother reassures him that once he closes his eyes, he will dream of magical places. And when he awakens, she will be right there, waiting for him.

Alternating between real-life scenes with the baby tiger and his mother and enchanted dream scenes of sleep's possibilities, Kate Banks's simple, comforting text and Georg Hallensleben's bright, colorful illustrations make this a charming bedtime story for small children.

Close Your Eyes is a 2002 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year and a 2003 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.


About Kate Banks

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Author Kate Banks and illustrator Georg Hallensleben have collaborated on several books, including And If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, The Cat Who Walked Across France, Baboon, and The Night Worker, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. Banks lives in the South of France with her husband and two sons. Hallensleben lives in Paris.
Published September 19, 2002 by Chrysalis Children's Books. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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A familiar dance between mother and child begins as the night descends on the jungle and the little tiger refuses to close his eyes and go to sleep.

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Banks and Hallensleben further develop the bedtime theme of And If the Moon Could Talk and The Night Worker, this time with th

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Roughly hewn paintings depict the patient mother as a bona-fide predator, and her son as a cuddly fellow with bright black eyes, round ears and an upturned smile.

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Toddler-PreS—A little tiger's mama allays his fears of the dark and encourages him to go to sleep. "Dark is just the other side of light. It's what comes before

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