Abstract 9, Volume 10, Number 3, Winter 2015

Notable Trade Book Lesson

While You Are Sleeping

Written by Durga Bernhard


Lynn Kelley

University of West Alabama

Tammy Brown

Faulkner University


Durga Bernhard’s While You are Sleeping takes students on a cultural journey through nine different countries: United States of America, Nigeria, Japan, Mexico, India, Thailand, Haiti, England, and Brazil all at the same moment in time. The book was written especially for young children. The colorful illustrations and simple text make it easy to comprehend. In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of time zones and learn to navigate between them. Students will research other cultures, and compare and contrast their own schedule to that of a student in another time zone and culture.


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