So That's How They Sleep

A Children's Bedtime Story

Children - Picture Book
27 Pages
Reviewed on 11/07/2023
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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite

Something strange is happening at night at the zoo. None of the baby animals can fall asleep. What is happening? And how can this situation be resolved? Nobody knows. Nobody? Not exactly. North, a child who lives not far from the zoo, hears the noises and decides to intervene. Little North knows how to put animals to sleep. The child goes to the monkeys, zebras, giraffes, and even lions and sings a beautiful lullaby to each of them. Will it work? Find out in the delightful bedtime story by Rishi Oberoi titled So That's How They Sleep.

If there was ever a children's book that tells the perfect bedtime story, So That's How They Sleep is it. I believe it will top all other bedtime stories. Rishi Oberoi has used great ingredients to create a delightful tale: a young protagonist that young readers will immediately adore, many cute and well-drawn animals, and many beautiful lullabies that will lull youngsters as they read this story. I must admit that I felt the relaxing effect while reading, and I believe that everyone who reads this story before going to sleep will have the same feeling and sweet dreams. This is what I hope when I recommend So That's How They Sleep to all parents who want their little ones to have peaceful nights. They will realize the relaxing power of Rishi Oberoi's story as they read and sing lullabies to their children. Good night to all!

David Korson

So That's How They Sleep is an animal-themed picture book by Rishi Oberoi that gently guides children into a calmer state, one that is conducive to drifting into restful sleep. It is evening at the zoo, but there is a problem; none of the baby animals are sleeping. A young child named North hears the cries of the tired animals and takes the initiative to help them. Starting with a pair of sleepy monkeys and continuing to over a half-dozen other common zoo animals, North begins visiting each one to sing a comforting lullaby to them. One after another, each of these exhausted animals finds the rest they so desperately need. By the final pages, the zookeepers and North are also lulled into sleep, and no doubt many young readers will be too.

The baby animals in Rishi Oberoi’s book, including bears, giraffes, penguins, lions, and zebras, are beloved creatures that never fail to delight children of all ages. The warm illustrations beautifully contrast the animals’ restlessness with serene scenes of them peacefully sleeping. I love that each animal has a unique lullaby that readers are already familiar with, such as Rock-a-Bye Baby and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. This makes reading aloud effortless and enjoyable, and these traditional tunes will have a relaxing effect on toddlers who may already know some of them by heart. With calming illustrations and a soothing narrative, So That's How They Sleep is a bedtime story that is sure to ease your little ones into a peaceful slumber.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

“Hush, little baby, don’t say a word…” Oh, those timeless words of gentle love and caring, the words and the tune meant to soothe the young and, hopefully, lull them off to sleep. In Rishi Oberoi’s So That’s How They Sleep, all kinds of animal babies, all living at the zoo, are having difficulty falling asleep. North, a little girl with the gift of being able to talk to animals, comes to the rescue and sings each group of young animals to sleep with a different lullaby. Each baby animal has its own uniquely charming bedtime ritual, but the soft-spoken, lilting, and gentle music of one little girl is enough to subdue the antics preventing them from going to sleep.

Rishi Oberoi’s picture book, So That’s How They Sleep, is a children’s bedtime story full of lullabies to soothe the most restless and sleep-resistant of young children. The plot follows North’s evening journey through the zoo as she confronts one animal family after another and helps lull them to sleep with a special lullaby meant for that specific animal. Each animal is introduced and young readers will learn something about the different animals in the zoo. The choice of classic lullabies will be familiar enough to adult readers that they can gently sing along and teach their young ones both the tune and the words. The illustrations are spectacular and add another dimension to the story. This is a great learning tool about animals, classic lullabies, and the importance of bedtime routines.

Miche Arendse

So That's How They Sleep: A Children's Bedtime Story by Rishi Oberoi follows a sweet and brave little girl named North who ventures out to help baby animals at the zoo. When all the baby animals find it impossible to sleep, North goes to the zoo to help them with her special gifts. From monkeys to lion cubs, North makes sure to help each and every animal in need, no matter what troubles they are having.

So That's How They Sleep: A Children's Bedtime Story by Rishi Oberoi is a sweet children’s book that also functions as a book of nursery rhymes. Not only does the book establish the importance of going to bed and getting a full night’s rest, but it can help parents get their children to sleep by singing nursery rhymes the same way North does. The book is fun and interactive while also having beautiful illustrations to bring the story to life. I think young children would absolutely love this book both for the story and for the nursery rhymes. I was very intrigued by the story, especially reading the full version of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’. I had no idea there were more verses to the old nursery rhyme but I’m sure that both parents and children will enjoy the experience of reading this book before bed. So That's How They Sleep is definitely a good book for young children to help them drift off to dreamland.

Sarah Stuart

So That’s How They Sleep: A Children’s Bedtime Story by Rishi Oberoi is the most unusual children’s picture book I have ever come across. It opens very cleverly with The News – something even toddlers will be aware of on television. After all, if Mom and Dad, or Grandpa and Grandma, or their favorite babysitter, watch it instead of paying attention to them, it must be jolly interesting! And here’s one of them saying something strange is going on at the zoo where animals live. Monkeys, zebras, giraffes, seals, elephants, bears, penguins, and lions are all making a dreadful noise. A little boy called North goes to find out why, and guess what? The baby animals are all tired, but they can’t sleep!

The illustrations are exquisite in a cartoon style but easy for children to recognize each animal. Rishi Oberoi has painted the picture and now it is down to the adult reader. North’s answer to every animal’s problem is to sing a nursery rhyme. Fortunately, youngsters don’t tend to grumble if you can’t hold a tune. (I have trouble with Happy Birthday, but not until the children in my life are critical teenagers.) Your little ones will be far too busy looking, listening, and falling asleep. Maybe sometimes at the end, but it could easily be during “Twinkle, twinkle, little star” or “Row, row, row your boat” some nights. So That’s How They Sleep is a treasure any parent, grandparent, or caregiver mustn’t miss. Rishi Oberoi has created a sure-fire winner!