Too Small for My Big Bed: Sleep Tight in Your Own Bed Tonight!

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Piper is a very active little tiger cub who loves jumping and climbing all day long. Every day, with Mommy tiger there to encourage him, Piper learns to do something new--and do it all by himself. But when bedtime arrives, Piper dislikes the dark night, and he especially dislikes sleeping all alone in his bed. He wakes up in the middle of each night, and feeling all alone, he goes to Mommy so he can sleep cuddled up in her bed. How can Mommy tiger help him overcome his fear so that he can sleep alone the whole ...
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Overview


Piper is a very active little tiger cub who loves jumping and climbing all day long. Every day, with Mommy tiger there to encourage him, Piper learns to do something new--and do it all by himself. But when bedtime arrives, Piper dislikes the dark night, and he especially dislikes sleeping all alone in his bed. He wakes up in the middle of each night, and feeling all alone, he goes to Mommy so he can sleep cuddled up in her bed. How can Mommy tiger help him overcome his fear so that he can sleep alone the whole night through? Both parents and toddlers will recognize an all too familiar situation--and how to solve it--as Mom or Dad reads this story aloud to their little boy or girl. Attractive color illustrations on every page.
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Stewart tenders a piece of puff pastry that wishes nothing more than to send its readers to slumberland. This book, with its handsome artwork but thin-as-gruel text, may find its readers snug asleep in bed, but purely unintentionally. The bald intent here is to instruct: If you sense your mother's nearness when you wake late in the dark of night, you will feel her loving protectiveness, close your eyes and find your way back to sleep. To be kind, if your child is a committed spiritualist or a Zen adept, this may work, but most adult readers will find themselves muttering, "As if." The mother and cub spend the day flexing the cub's newfound abilities--jumping in the grass, climbing the rocks--and the mother, in the refrain, reminds the cub that he is doing it "all by yourself": the unsubtle hint that he is not sleeping by himself yet, is he? These reminders give way to the mystical. "If you keep your eyes closed, and I am quieter than the smallest cricket," asks Mommy, "then how do you know I am near?" Eventually it works for the cub, though that grassland still looks mighty dark and deep. The illustrations, however, are an eyeful: mixed-media confections that catch the smoky-purple hills and tawny grasslands where these tigers roam (though, in reality, most tigers prefer the Asian forest). A didactic pipe dream. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764165870
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 701,101
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted February 17, 2013

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    It was time for bed and mommy tiger came to kiss her son Piper b

    It was time for bed and mommy tiger came to kiss her son Piper before he fell asleep. But Piper was afraid; afraid of the dark, of the scary things that might be hiding and well, just afraid of the dark. Would he be able to sleep alone in his bed?




    If you wake up during the night, “try counting to more than ten,” Mommy told Piper. And that is just what Piper did. He counted to ten, and then to “10 and a bit…” and then to “10 and a bit more…” but it just wasn’t enough! He wanted his mommy so into her bed he crawled. Once safely in Mom’s bed, the little tiger easily fell back to sleep.




    The next day, Piper pounced and jumped through the Grasslands, confident and happy. “All by myself!” he exclaimed. But when night came, Piper did NOT want to be by himself. Would he ever be able to sleep alone in his bed?




    This is a charming tale of a lovable little tiger who is afraid to be by himself in the dark, and of a mother’s love and patience as she guides him to overcome his fears. There’s a happy ending that wonderfully shows the love of both mother and child, and the illustrations, bright and happy, wonderfully compliment the tale. Whether you have a reluctant sleeper or one who simply likes to cuddle and listen to a nice bedtime story, Too Small for My Big Bed is just the right size!




    Quill says: A sweet tale about a mother’s love and a child’s ability to overcome the fear of sleeping alone.

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