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Close Your Eyes

Written by Kate Banks & illustrated by Georg Hallensleben
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A little tiger takes an imaginative journey

The little tiger lay on his back in the tall grass. “Close your eyes, little tiger,” said his mother, “and go to sleep.”

But the little tiger is worried about what sleep might bring. His mother reassures him that once he closes his eyes, he will dream of magical places. And when he awakens, she will be right there, waiting for him.

Alternating between real-life scenes with the baby tiger and his mother and enchanted dream scenes of sleep’s possibilities, Kate Banks’s simple, comforting text and Georg Hallensleben’s bright, colorful illustrations make this a charming bedtime story for small children.

Close Your Eyes is a 2002 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year and a 2003 Bank Street - Best Children’s Book of the Year.

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Who Wrote Close Your Eyes

Kate Banks

When I am asked what I do for a job, I am often tempted to say that I don’t work. That’s because I am lucky enough to do something I love for a living. For me my writing has been a place where head meets heart and that is the place I wish to take my readers—whether it be an outer journey or an inner journey. Because that’s the place of realization where anything is possible. When I’m not writing or practicing therapy, I love playing the piano, doing pottery, puttering around outdoors, and cooking. I especially like making birthday cakes, but I hate cleaning up. And I love being with children. I love watching them and listening to them as much as I love writing for them. I am a huge fan of the Boston Red sox, the brain and what it can do, and imagination—all of which have limitless potential and can accomplish the seemingly impossible.

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Who Illustrated Close Your Eyes

Georg Hallensleben

Anne Gutman lives and works in France with her husband Georg Hallensleben and their daughter.

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September 24, 2002

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