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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Your Own Big Bed (Infant/Toddler)



Released May 2008

www.penguin.com/youngreaders

Reviewed by Deb Fowler

Baby animals like the colorful pink flamingo, the scaly snapping alligator and the baby sea turtle all struggle to get out of their shells to enter the world. Human babies grow inside their mother’s tummies until they are ready to come out and enter the world too. Koala baby bears cling to their mother’s backs, kangaroos are tucked into their mother’s pouches while baby tigers are carried in their mother’s mouths.

All babies, animal and human grow up and begin to walk, fly, hop and join the world. Birds may sleep in nests, but little boys sleep in a crib. When little boys get older they don’t always fit in those baby cribs anymore and it is time to move along . . . to sleep in their own big beds!

I loved the gentle flow of this story and the cozy, colorful illustrations add just the right touch. As every parent knows and comes to experience, the little changes in a child’s life can emotionally run the gamut from crisis to excitement. This is one of many that are exciting and simply shouts, I’m a big boy now! For a debut children’s book it’s charming and will make a delightful bedtime book to be placed on the night stand next to the “new” big bed.

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