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Horatio's Bed is a soft and sweet story that could be very useful for teaching young children about their boundaries and responsibilities as siblings. Little Horatio has a problem, he has trouble falling asleep. He turns to James, a larger stuffed animal for help. James tries to help him solve his problem by attempting to make a bed for him. While James is drawing a bed, Horatio gets into James' 'useful box' (our family calls this a 'box of specials' which are items that are fragile or dear and do not have to be shared like other toys do). While James is not happy with what Horatio has done, he doesn't yell at or hurt his friend, but begins problem solving again. He puts away his 'Useful Things'. When he turns to speak to his friend, he realizes that Horatio has fallen asleep in a sock that he has taken from the box. James scoops up his little friend and snuggles him as he sleeps. James in this story could be interpreted as an older sibling who is helpful and caring for Horatio, his younger sibling. After reading the story you could create a useful box with your older child and discuss what types of items can be stored in it. And the Horatio in your family could be taught to respect the older siblings 'useful box'. This is the kind of story that can be read over and over again to discuss other important lessons that James teaches in this story. Upon one reading of the story you could discuss together all of the ways in which James takes care of Horatio and all of the ways you as a parent have seen your older sibling care for the younger. Another time, discuss the maturity in James to be patient with Hortatio's curiosity, even though he is not happy with what his little friend has done. I would recommend this for children 4 and younger.