The Underbed

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A child tells his mother that he can't go to sleep because there's something under his bed.

“I have heard of Underbeds,” his mother says. “Yours sounds like the one that lived under my bed when I was little.”

A charming story by Cathryn Clinton Hoellwarth with vivid illustrations by Sibyl Graber Gerig.

“A super choice to help ease away a youngster's fear of the dark.”—School Library Journal

Tucker can't sleep. He is sure there is something ...

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Overview

A child tells his mother that he can't go to sleep because there's something under his bed.

“I have heard of Underbeds,” his mother says. “Yours sounds like the one that lived under my bed when I was little.”

A charming story by Cathryn Clinton Hoellwarth with vivid illustrations by Sibyl Graber Gerig.

“A super choice to help ease away a youngster's fear of the dark.”—School Library Journal

Tucker can't sleep. He is sure there is something hiding under the bed. “I have heard of Underbeds,” his mother says. “Yours sounds like the one that lived under my bed when I was little.”

A charming and reassuring story by Cathryn Clinton Hoellwarth with vivid illustrations by Sibyl Graber Gerig.

Author Biography:About the Artist

Sibyl Graber Gerig is a freelance artist with an M.F.A. in medical and biological illustration from the University of Michigan.

She now lives in Mishawaka, Indiana, with her family.

About the Author

Cathryn Clinton Hoellwarth lives on a farm in Mt. Joy, Pennsylvania, with her husband and family.

Tucker's mother helps him get rid of the monster that stays under his bed, explaining she had the very same trouble when she was little.

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A super choice to help ease away a youngster's fear of the dark.
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PreS-Gr 1-- Tucker is afraid of the Underbed, a creature with orange, glow-in-the-dark eyes and octopus arms that grab the legs of anyone standing close to the bed. ``It sounds like the one that lived under my bed when I was little,'' says his mother gently and the two set about getting rid of it. She gets the camping flashlight and together they tiptoe to the bed, count to three, throw back the covers and flash the light, banishing the worrisome creature and putting Tucker's fears to rest. Text and illustrations work together beautifully to tell this reassuring story of a child's bedtime anxiety. The paintings are realistic with a skillful use of color, particularly blues and reds, and there is clear attention to detail. The bond between mother and son is evident throughout. The final illustration of Tucker suspended in midair as he jumps onto the middle of his bed, by choice rather than to avoid the grabbing tentacles, is a gem--he's clad in Superman pajamas. A super choice to help ease away a youngster's fear of the dark.-- Marie Orlando, Youth Services Coordinator, Suffolk Cooperative Library System
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561483310
  • Publisher: Good Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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It was dark. Tucker lay in the middle of his bed, but he couldn't stand it any longer. He was scared. He leaped out of bed and ran into the living room.

His mother was sitting in her favorite chair reading a big, fat book. He jumped right onto her lap and said, “I'm afraid.”
“Of what?” his mother asked.
“The Underbed,” he answered.
“Oh yes,” his mother said, “I have heard of Underbeds.”
“Does it live under your bed?” she asked.
“Uh-hmm,” Tucker said, “and it has squishy octopus arms that grab at your legs if your stand too close to the bed.”
“How do you get in bed then?”
“I run and jump as far as I can to get right in the middle of the bed. It can't get me there.”
“Oh,” said his mom, “I see.”
“Can you tell me more about it, Tucker?”
“It has orange googly eyes that glow in the dark.”
“Just what I thought,” his mother said. “It sounds like the one that lived under my bed when I was little.”
“For real, Mom?”
“He was just as real as yours is, Tucker.”
“What did you do, Mom?” Tucker asked.
“I told your gramma about it, and we got rid of it.”
“You did? How?”
“Well,” she paused and thought for a moment. “First, Gramma told me that Underbeds can't stand the light.”
“Are you sure, Mom?” Tucker asked.
“Yep,” she said. “Just think about the sun.”
“Every morning the sun comes up ready for work. It brings light and chases away the night. Then we have a new day. When you shine the light on the Underbed it has to leave. Just like the night.”
“What did you do, Mommy?”

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© Good Books, Intercourse, PA 17534

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