5 minute really true stories for bedtime

Book - 2020

"In this compendium of 5-minute really true stories about bedtime, you can go on a journey of wonder and learning to find out the answers to all these questions, and many more! Travel to Ancient Egypt to explore the beds of Tutankhamun, jet off into space to see how astronauts get ready for bed, or even plunge underwater to learn how hibernating turtles breathe through their bottoms! There are 30 amazing 5-minute stories, with all facts verified by Britannica. Lavishly illustrated on every page with specially commissioned artwork, and packed full of up-to-the-minute, expert information, this book is the ultimate brainy bedtime companion for children aged 4 to 8."--Amazon.

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Location Call Number   Status
Children's Room j031/Five Due Dec 10, 2023
Trivia and miscellanea
Instructional and educational works
Illustrated works
Greenbelt, Maryland : Britannica Books 2020.
Other Authors
Jackie McCann (-), Jen Arena, Rachel Valentine, Sally Symes, Amy Grimes, Anneli Bray, Christine Cuddihy, Jacqui Lee, Joanne Liu, Katie Rewse, Katie Wilson, Maddy Vian, Natalie Smillie, Olivia Holden
Physical Description
191 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes bibliographical references (page [189]) and index.
  • Why do we sleep?
  • What are dreams?
  • Heading to bed
  • Sleeping champions!
  • Record-breaking beds
  • King Tut's beds
  • Beds around the world
  • Warm as toast!
  • Asleep in space
  • Rock-a-bye sleeping
  • Sleeping on the move
  • A busy night at the hospital
  • Find it, fix it!
  • The rush to market
  • Night hunters
  • The great sleep escape
  • Watery beds
  • How do they sleep?
  • A grizzly bear's winter
  • Remarkable hibernators
  • Sunrise to sunset
  • The midnight sun
  • The Northern Lights
  • A trip to the stars
  • Stargazing
  • Stories in the stars
  • I see the Moon
  • Fly me to the Moon
  • Moon mysteries
  • Lullabies around the world.
Review by Horn Book Review

These bedtime "stories" offer short, engaging chapters on all manner of things sleep-, bed-, and nighttime related. The topics covered include the science of sleep and dreams, sleep customs around the world (and in space!), history of sleep spaces, overnight shift workers--and that's all before turning to the natural world and animals, the night sky, astronomy, and star gazing. With ten different illustrators and four authors, the collection manages to maintain a cohesive look and tone throughout; both text and art are playful and informative. A list of websites and sources, a glossary, and an index are appended. (c) Copyright 2023. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Review by Kirkus Book Review

Nonfiction alternatives to made-up bedtime stories. What better way to induce drowsiness in young pillow plumpers than short, fascinating introductions to the bedding-down behavior of creatures from hibernating "frogsicles" to grizzly bears, not to mention the "terrifyingly terrific tarantula!" and the "jawsome" great white shark? Or perhaps tallies of record-breaking beds, styles of beds used around the world, and beds found in King Tut's tomb? Or sleep's stages, purposes, and body positions? Combining the work of four authors and 10 illustrators, this compendium of night-related knowledge ranges well beyond the bedroom as well as Eurocentric confines--touching on constellations known to Indigenous South African and Australian cultures and moon legends from Inca and West African Batammaliba traditions before closing with lullabies in five languages. Despite being the work of many hands, the painted illustrations on every page are consistent in their bright hues and simple cartoon style. Human figures are diverse in dress and racial presentation, and nearly everyone (animals included) smiles. Though pre--Covid-19 scenes of unmasked night workers in a hospital are a bit jarring and a claim for the antiquity of the West African lungfish that is off by at least a hundredfold slips past a team of Britannica fact checkers, these otherwise solid excursions through the natural world and human culture offer unusual routes to dreamland. Nourishing nighttime snacks when the pigeon, the bunny, or the kid in the wolf suit pall. (glossary, source list, index) (Nonfiction. 5-9) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.