Billy's Big-Boy Bed

Billy's Big-Boy Bed

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by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
     
 

What time is it when the crib can't hold another teddy bear and your feet hang out the sides? Time to get a big-boy bed. But Billy's crib has been good to him all of his young life–sometimes it's a bus, sometimes it's a pirate ship. Give it up? Billy and his best bear, Fuzz, aren't so sure that's a good idea.

Phyllis Tildes's brightly colored and brilliantly

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What time is it when the crib can't hold another teddy bear and your feet hang out the sides? Time to get a big-boy bed. But Billy's crib has been good to him all of his young life–sometimes it's a bus, sometimes it's a pirate ship. Give it up? Billy and his best bear, Fuzz, aren't so sure that's a good idea.

Phyllis Tildes's brightly colored and brilliantly imaginative illustrations bring to life Billy's apprehensions about moving into a big-boy bed. This sensitive and funny portrayal is perfect for story time with little ones preparing to make their own big, and sometimes scary, changes.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Little Billy is growing into a big boy yet he is uncertain about sleeping in a new "big boy" bed. Billy likes his crib where everything is comfortable and familiar. Still, Billy's parents have a new bed put together in Billy's room. That first night Billy slept in his crib and the "big boy" bed seemed like a nasty monster. The next morning, however, Billy cannot resist playing on his new bed. He even moves some of his stuffed bears on top of it. But at bedtime Billy runs straight to his crib. Billy's parents understand his doubt and they are patient and reassuring. Within a few days Billy realizes that he is indeed growing into a "big boy" and he decides to accept this change with pride. This book will help parents prepare their young children for some of the many transitions that their children will soon encounter. Filled with many warm watercolor illustrations, this book helps children learn that being scared of change is often a normal part of growing up.
—Denise Daley
School Library Journal
PreS-This pleasant story introduces one of the first major milestones in a child's life. Billy is growing out of his crib, which he shares with a large collection of stuffed bears. He and his parents visit a furniture store where the boy enjoys bouncing and rolling on an array of mattresses. However, when a new, bright-red bed is delivered and set up in his room, he ignores it and chooses the familiar comfort of his crib. His parents wisely allow him to adapt gradually to the bed-he uses it to display his bears and for nighttime stories, but continues to sleep in his cozy crib. After a dream of growing too large for it, Billy decides he is ready for the roomy new bed. Clear watercolors depict a happy youngster and his patient parents. The sweet watercolor illustrations, worked in cheerful primary colors, tell the story well even without the words.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Billy is growing up and out of his crib in this issue-specific story. The little tyke enjoys shopping with his parents for a new big-boy bed, but when it is installed in his room, he's very reluctant to move out of his crib. It's in his crib, after all, where he can play bus driver and pirate captain. But most of all, his crib is the reliable safe-haven where he and his six teddy bears cozy in for the night. As Billy grows into the idea his first step is to gradually move his teddy bears to the new, bigger bed. It isn't too long, however, before Billy himself makes the move. Throughout, Billy's parents have shown gentle patience in the face of Billy's ambivalence. They let him get used to the idea at his own pace. In a way that the words do not, Tildes's (Baby Face, not reviewed, etc.) artwork will draw children in. They can't help but enjoy the array of teddy bears, each charmingly unique. Drawn with a loving hand, the watercolor illustrations are gentle and realistic; Billy's expressive face is adorable. This piece seems aimed at parents, instructing them on how best to deal with a child's reluctance to change. It lacks any real story power, and toddlers may find it less than engrossing-but those who can apply the bed scenario to other life challenges will relate with Billy as he finds that growing up can be daunting. (Picture book. 2-4)

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ISBN-13:
9781570914751
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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