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Little Lek Longtail Learns to Sleep
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Little Lek Longtail Learns to Sleep
Little Lek Longtail Learns to Sleep
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Price:  $17.95

ISBN:  978-1-937786-63-2
Book Size:  8" × 9"
# of Pages:  28
Language:  English



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Little Lek is gentle, handsome, and kind, and has an exceptionally long and brightly colored tail. But he has just one problem: he is too afraid to fall asleep. Find out how this Argus pheasant discovers his secret power, learning to trust in himself and sleep the whole night through! Readers will delight in Beatriz Vidal’s vivid and expressive art. Also included is an appendix of fascinating facts about the Argus pheasant of southeast Asia.

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  • Award-Winning Finalist in the “Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction” category of the 2016 USA “Best Book” Awards
  • Silver Medal in the “Interior Design” category of the 2016 Midwest Book Awards
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“I can’t sleep, mommy, I’m scared.” Human moms and dads have heard it many times before, and so too, it turns out, has Little Lek’s mother. Her little Argus pheasant was so gentle, kind, and handsome with his exceptionally long and brightly colored tail. But he had just one, very big, problem: he couldn’t get to sleep. Just like many little girls and boys, Little Lek’s nighttime fears kept him awake.

Then one day something changed, and Little Lek discovered a strength that lay hidden within, something that gave him the peace of mind to sleep soundly through the night. Find out the secret of how Little Lek learned to trust in himself! Readers will delight in Beatriz Vidal’s vivid and expressive art. An appendix of fascinating facts about the Argus pheasant makes this book an educational experience as well.

AWARDS
  • Award-Winning Finalist in the “Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction” category of the 2016 USA “Best Book” Awards
  • Silver Medal in the “Interior Design” category of the 2016 Midwest Book Awards


The Author & Illustrator of “Little Lek Longtail Learns to Sleep”

Bette Killion

Bette Killion is a writer of poems, stories, and articles for children. Her most recent book with Wisdom Tales Press (our children's imprint) is Little Lek Longtail Learns to Sleep, which was illustrated by Beatriz Vidal. Little Lek Longtail was an award-winning Finalist in the 2016 USA “Best Book” Awards. Earlier, Ms. Killion wrote Princess Rosie’s Rainbows, which was published by Wisdom Tales in October, 2015. The book is illustrated in glorious colors by the talented illustrator Kim Jabobs.

Ms. Killion has had 800 children’s poems, stories and articles published in well-known juvenile magazines such as Jack and Jill, Highlights, Ranger Rick, Turtle,Hopscotch, several Cricket Magazine Group publications. Her picture books include The Apartment House Tree, Think of It, Just Think, and The Same Wind,all of which were published by HarperCollins. She is also known for her rewriting of several classic fairy tales, such as Rapunzel, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and others.

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Beatriz Vidal

Beatriz Vidal is an internationally known artist and prize-winning illustrator of children’s books. Her most recent book for Wisdom Tales Press (World Wisdom’s children’s books imprint) is Little Lek Longtail Learns to Sleep, which was written by Bette Killion. Little Lek Longtail was an award-winning Finalist in the 2016 USA “Best Book” Awards. For her first book for Wisdom Tales, Ms. Vidal collaborated with author Alexis York Lumbard on Pine and the Winter Sparrow, a retelling of an American Indian tale.

Among Ms. Vidal’s best-known previous books are the best-selling Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, A Library for Juana (winner of the prestigious Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award), Federico and the Magi’s Gift (which she both wrote and illustrated), and A Gift of Gracias. Beatriz Vidal’s work has appeared on several PBS programs and she has given design and illustration workshops in Argentina, Cyprus, China and Mongolia. There have been many exhibitions of her paintings in the United States and abroad.

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Reviews of Little Lek Longtail Learns to Sleep

“Children will delight in Beatriz Vidal’s vivid and expressive art which brings author Bette Killion’s deftly crafted picture book story to life. Of special note is the inclusion of an appendix of fascinating facts about the Thai Argus pheasant [which] makes Little Lek Longtail Learns to Sleep an educational experience as well. Unfailingly entertaining from beginning to end, Little Lek Longtail Learns to Sleep is especially commended for family, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.”
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“Combining elements of the traditional folk tale and an Aesop's fable, Killion offers a moral tale about how the now-threatened argus pheasant learned to sleep through the night. In a jungle in Thailand, an argus pheasant is born with an unusually long and brightly colored tail and is named Little Lek Longtail by his ‘proud mother.’ As he grows, his tail also grows: ‘longer, brighter, and more beautiful.’ Despite his beauty, Lek is kind and thoughtful, a friend to all the other birds in the forest. However, he is afraid of nighttime predators—so afraid he cannot fall asleep. Even his mother cannot comfort him. One day, Lek sees a man and his son outsmart a bask of crocodiles to safely cross a river. In amazement he concludes, ‘There is always a way if one just thinks of it.’ Lek begins to observe other creatures using their attributes and talents to help themselves and realizes he can use his long, extravagant tale as an alarm … Vidal’s vivid and vibrant art shines. She deliberately omits white space, packing a profusion of color, details, and textures across the pages to re-create the dense, diverse jungles of Southeast Asia. The appendix provides interesting argus pheasant facts … Killion’s efforts to highlight a little-known creature and teach a moral lesson are commendable.”
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