Esphyr Slobodkina

Honoring the Life and Art of a Pioneer of American Abstraction

Sleepy ABC

written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Esphyr Slobodkina

Originally published in 1953 by Lothrop. Republished in 1994 by HarperCollins

SYNOPSIS: When nighttime approaches, all the world is ready for sleep. The small kitten yawns at the hearth, the lambs in the field close their eyes, and a young child waits for a goodnight kiss. Margaret Wise Brown’s tender rhymes and Esphyr Slobodkina’s patchwork-quilt motif artwork gently and lovingly illustrate each letter of this sleepy, bedtime alphabet, first published in 1953.

About the Illustrations: Esphyr Slobodkina prepared the collages for this book using a patchwork-quilt motif,  incorporating recycled wrapping paper into the mix.

About the Story: Text is done in rhyme by Margaret Wise Brown.

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