Baby Beebee Bird

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It is nighttime at the zoo. The animals are asleep. All is still, until. . .

beebeebobbibobbi beebeebobbibobbi beebeebobbibobbi beebeebobbibobbi

The baby beebee bird, new to the zoo, is singing his song. . .ALL NIGHT LONG! Nothing the animals do or say will stop him. Until, that is, they come up with a plan to teach the baby beebee bird that nighttime is really best for sleeping—especially for little birds.


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It is nighttime at the zoo. The animals are asleep. All is still, until. . .

beebeebobbibobbi beebeebobbibobbi beebeebobbibobbi beebeebobbibobbi

The baby beebee bird, new to the zoo, is singing his song. . .ALL NIGHT LONG! Nothing the animals do or say will stop him. Until, that is, they come up with a plan to teach the baby beebee bird that nighttime is really best for sleeping—especially for little birds.

The Baby BeeBee Bird, originally published in 1963, has been beloved by readers for generations. In this new-sized, full-color edition, Diane Redfield Massie's delectable story has been lovingly reillustrated by Steven Kellogg, creating a captivating bedtime story that is almost as much fun as a visit to the zoo!

The zoo animals find a way to keep the baby beebee bird awake during the day so that they can get some sleep at night.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The zoo animals wish the beebee bird would stop making so much noise and let them get some sleep. First published in 1963, now with all-new illustrations by Kellogg, "the beebee's insistent song shows up here in hot pink type, issuing an irresistible invitation to join in," said PW. Ages 3-6. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This classic tale of the tiny bird who keeps the zoo animals awake all night is newly illustrated in full color and given a larger format. Kellogg imbues his animals (a giraffe, elephant, leopard, etc.) with marvelous expressions that will elicit giggles and guffaws. The yellow for the daytime and the midnight blue for the background of the evening scenes work very well. The cadence of the text works up to a real frenzy as the animals make turn-about fair play. The pace slows as the story draws to an end, making this a perfect bedtime story. A new generation of children and parents will delight in this tale where the Baby BeeBee Bird learns that "Nighttime is really best for sleeping...especially for very little birds." 2000, HarperCollins, $15.95. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-First published in 1963 and long out of print, this delightful story has been reborn in a large format and newly illustrated edition. The beebee bird is new to the zoo and sings his song all night long, keeping the other animals awake. They concoct a plan to ensure nighttime quiet so they can sleep. The recasting of the original book from the tiny, petite size with simple cut-out animal shapes and a sweet little bird into this outsized, raucous rendering with an ungainly, gawkish, redheaded beebee retains its appeal and magnifies the playfulness. Kellogg's familiar style is a perfect foil for the frolicking turnabout tale. Creative use of large type exaggerates the noises, and the sounds match the big and tall animals' images and generate boisterous fun. This newly hatched effort is bound to invite enthusiastic participation. Welcome back, beebee bird!-Julie Cummins, New York Public Library Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
Massie's zoo tale from 1963 gets a colorful remake, thanks to a set of typically effervescent illustrations from Kellogg (The Three Sillies, 1999, etc.). Just as the zoo's drowsy denizens are beginning to drift off after closing time, a piercing "beebee bobbibobbi beebee bobbibobbi" rings through the night from the newly arrived baby beebee bird. Cheerfully ignoring a collective roar to PIPE DOWN, the nocturnal singer keeps everyone sleepless until dawn. Weariness and annoyance are writ hilariously large on the faces of Kellogg's rumpled menagerie the morning after. Eager to prevent another long night, the animals bellow out their own "BEEBEEBOBBI" chorus to keep the beebee bird awake all day, so that by nightfall everyone, bird included, is ready for slumber land. Changes in typeface, size, and color add visual interest as well as cues for volume and pacing; simplified backgrounds, often just a large disk representing the sun or moon, will help keep the more easily distracted viewers' attention on the animals. The new oversized format is a distinct improvement, too, since the original was difficult to use in a group setting. Young listeners will find the invitation to chime in on the Beebee Bird's irritating continuo utterly irresistible, but this makes an eminently suitable candidate for bedtime reading nonetheless. Hooray for the return of the baby beebee bird. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060280833
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 403,743
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD190L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Redfield Massie is the author/illustrator of many popular children's books. Among other awards she has received are two from the Mystery Writers of America, for Chameleon Was A Spy and for Chameleon the Spy and the Case of the Vanishing Jewels. She has also written and directed musical plays for children. Before moving to the New York area, she was principal oboist with the Honolulu Symphony. Mrs. Massie lives in New Jersey.

Steven Kellogg was "moved by the simplicity, the subtleties, and the poignance of the writing in this story." He welcomed the opportunity to reillustrate it in full color. Mr. Kellogg is an award-winning author and illustrator who has created more than 100 children's books, including The Three Little Pigs, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett. He is the illustrator of Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town and The Baby Beebee Bird. Mr. Kellogg is a recipient of the David McCord Citation and the Regina Medal for his distinguished contribution to children's literature. He lives with his wife, Helen, in upstate New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2006

    Over twenty years, and I still love it!

    My older sister used to have to read this to me everyday, until the day she 'lost' it. I have been looking for this book ever since. Now, I can share this book with my children, and I forgive her for accidently, on purpose, misplacing it so long ago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2005

    A must see and read for any child.

    The story has a great moral and the drawings of the animals faces are silly, hilarious and made my child & me burst in to laughter every time we've read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2004

    Babies love this one, too!

    My son was captivated by this book when he was just months old. The storyline is easy to remember and I often recited it to soothe him when he would become upset. We just ordered a new copy of the book to replace the one he tore as he excitedly looked at the great illustrations when he was a baby. Well worth purchasing-twice!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2002

    Superb Illustrations

    My daughters (ages 5 and 7) adore this book. The story is about a little bird that won't fall asleep and the plan the other zoo animals concoct to solve the problem of their sleepless night. The illustrations by Steven Kellogg really make the story. I love the expressions given to the giraffe and wish the final view of the zoo was available as a poster. The colors are wonderful. We discovered this at our school library and I am buying a copy for the girls this Christmas so someone else has a chance with the library copy (they've had it five times each!).

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