The Animals Would Not Sleep

By Sara Levine
Illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguéns
Year Published: 2020

Charlesbridge

The Animals Would Not Sleep

What would a scientist do?

It’s bedtime, and Marco’s toys are causing a ruckus and won’t settle down. But as a scientist, Marco can’t just put his toys away, he needs to sort them. He tries many ways: swimming animals, land animals, flying animals; black and white animals, brown animals, colorful animals; big animals, small animals. Nothing seems to work to help the animals sleep. Marco observes, compares, and groups, but the animals refuse every classification. Finally he combines math with empathy to get the most important result: maximum snuggles.

Marta Álvarez Miguéns’s delightful illustrations will have young readers giggling and imagining their own stuffies being mischievous and needing sorting.

Backmatter includes more information about the science of sorting and an Exploring the Math section with activities that kids and their caregivers will enjoy together.

This book is part of the Storytelling Math series.

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