A charming counting book filled with artful papercut illustrations for the whole family to read before bed.
How many are on the bed? How many are below? Five on the Bed counts to five with young readers as they follow the clever yet simple story of a family getting ready for bed. Colorfully illustrated in papercut art, this book teaches simple concepts in a fun and engaging way.
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Five on the Bed by Addie Boswell
1: Title page
2-3: There is ONE on the bed. (illustration: Cat sleeping on bed)
4-5: ONE on the bed and ONE below the bed. (illustration: zoom out — dog under bed)
6-7: Now there are TWO. (illustration: Dad reading a book, petting cat)
8-9: TWO on the bed and TWO below the bed. (illustration: cat & Dad on bed, dog & girl under bed)
10-11: FOUR on the bed! (illustration: Girl climbs up holding dog)
12-13: Uh-oh. ONE… (illustration: dog barks at cat, cat jumps off)
14-15: TWO… THREE off the bed! (illustration: dog jumps off chasing cat, dad chases after pets)
16-17: And ONE above the bed. (illustration: girl jumping, gleeful)
18-19: (illustration only: Mom&Dad chase girl off bed. Dog chases cat. Bed’s mess!)
20-21: Now there are NONE on the bed. (illustration: Mom and Dad looking around bed for daughter. Holding bedtime books. Mysterious lump under covers. Girl could be peeking out a bit so careful readers can see her.)
22-23: NONE? (illustration: Parents find girl, Dad pulls blanket off, Mom tickles her.)
24-25: Hooray! There are THREE on the bed. (illustration: girl reading book with parents)
26-27: THREE on the bed ONE below the bed and ONE beside the bed. (illustration: Mom shuts light off, family snuggles together. Dog under bed, cat in window.)
28-29: FOUR on the bed. (illustration: humans asleep, dog curls up on bed. Cat is standing in the window, stretching.)
30-31: FIVE ON THE—Shhhh! (illustration: Cat is curled up on bed, glaring at reader for being so loud.)
32: Five on the bed fast asleep. (illustration: everyone is in new funny sleeping positions. Image is between these two lines.)
"This story is completely seeded in my family. After my husband and I adopted two cats, we used to shout-whisper 'Four on the Bed!' every time we could get them happily curled up with us. (My vision of domestic bliss, if you add some tea and a book or newspaper.) When my daughter was born, we played musical beds for a few years, as most parents do. Now that she's six, we are all sleeping well enough for 'Five on the Bed!' moments, more delightful for the rarity of it all."