Saturday, February 16, 2019

Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg

Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg was published in 2014. I discovered this book because Aria received one for Christmas, so I went right over to Seagull Book and bought one for my library.

This is such a cute bedtime or anytime book. Chengdu is a panda and the look on his face is just what I imagine I look like when I can not fall asleep.

The book begins with everyone in the bamboo patch being asleep except for Chengdu. He turns, he tosses, and he twitches, "but he could not, would not fall asleep."There are fold out pages that show the things that Chengdu does to try to get himself to sleep. When at last he gets to sleep, there is someone else still awake.

This is a cute book with a surprise at the end and the art is darling.

Read to a child today even if that child is you.

Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

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