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My Own Big Bed

My Own Big Bed

by Anna Grossnickle Hines, Mary Watson (Illustrator)

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The independent little girl in this snug story loves her brand new big bed but . . . What if I fall out? What if I get lonely? What if I get lost? What if I get scared? Just right for young children making the transition from crib to bed, and featuring Mary Watson's comforting and realistic paintings, My Own Big Bed celebrates self-reliance, eases fears, and


The independent little girl in this snug story loves her brand new big bed but . . . What if I fall out? What if I get lonely? What if I get lost? What if I get scared? Just right for young children making the transition from crib to bed, and featuring Mary Watson's comforting and realistic paintings, My Own Big Bed celebrates self-reliance, eases fears, and — with a tuck and a kiss from Mommy and Daddy — promises a safe and cozy night's sleep.

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Chicago Tribune
This little girl is very excited aout having her "own big bed." Carefully considered — and she is approaching it carefully as she prepares for sleep — every one of its virtues, however,has a drawback. If she can get in and out, she could fall out, couldn't she? If it's so big she can't touch the sides, will she be lonely? Each time, she responds bravely, "I can fix that,"and the pictures show her solutions. Her protectors are popular ones: stuffed animals, special blankets and a host of fluffy pillows. Interestingly, her parents'loving tuck-ins are shownonly after she has resolved on her own that she isn't going back to that "little bed with the bars." She's small enough to enjoy nuzzling noses with her folks, (but just barely and withbreathless graceold enough to see that her own big bed is a choice she is ready to make.
Children's Literature - Heidi Green
A little girl who has never known any bed other than her crib confronts the fears that her new, full-size bed creates in this simple tale of childhood, change, and adventure. Falling out, loneliness, getting lost, being scared ... this brave little girl can overcome it all. And, as she comes to realize, her new big bed has some unexpected benefits. In this bed, her father and mother can sit next to her and read her stories, which the crib didn't allow. Hines' text and Watson's illustrations are a charming combination.
School Library Journal
PreS-A little girl explores the problems and joys of her first big-girl bed. For each fear, "What if I fall out?" "What if I get lonely?" she has a solution: pillows around the bed and a pile of toys next to her. On the plus side, she can stretch her arms out as wide as they will go and make tunnels under the covers and room for her father to sit as he reads to her. After the story and a kiss from her mother, she is cozy and safe. The simple text is from a young child's point of view and the realistic watercolors are saved from being too sweet by the shifting expression on the chubby blond preschooler's face and by her squirming, twisting poses as she investigates the possibilities of her new bed. Warm and reassuring, this book will strike a chord with any young child adjusting to the first steps out of babyhood.-Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Edition description:
1 ED
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Anna Grossnickle Hines is the popular creator of numerous books for children. Though she has sewn "enough dolls and stuffed animals to fill a well-stocked toy store," and made a few simple quilts for her three daughters, Anna did not do any serious quilting until she decided to use quilts to illustrate the poems in this book. Inspired by her mother, who has been making prizewinning quilts since her retirement, Anna made her first quilt for the book in 1996. Working between other projects, she pieced four more over the next two years, and from April through November 1999 made the fourteen remaining quilts.

Anna Grossnickle Hines lives with her family in Gualala, California.

In Her Own Words...

"As a child I was very shy, but I enjoyed the attention I got from having my first-grade teacher put my drawings up on the wall. I remember sitting in my father's chair at the age of seven, looking at a Little Golden Book version of Heidi and telling my mother, "When I grow up, I want to make books for boys and girls." She said simply, "If that's what you want to do, that's what you should do."

"All the time I was growing up, first in rural Ohio, then, after my eleventh birthday, in Los Angeles, California, I read and drew. Sometimes I wrote, but I was shyer about that and usually tore it up. My parents and teachers encouraged me, but none of them could tell me much about how to go about "making books."

"In college my teachers told me that I had too much talent to waste on children's books, that "only Picasso gets away with drawing children," that I should "go have a baby and get it out of [my] system" and come back when I was ready to do " real art. " So at the end of my third year, having taken all the basic art courses, a class in children's literature, and another in child care and management, I left school to study on my own.

"I checked out stacks of books from the library and read them to the preschoolers in the daycare center where I worked. I read books about writing and illustrating books for children, and experimented with printing techniques. I also started writing: poetry at first, then a few picturebook stories, timidly sharing them with friends. Although they encouraged me, I still didn't know how to go about submitting my work to a publishing company.

"I was twenty-eight years old before I got that information from a Society of Children's Book Writers' conference. By that time, having been married and divorced, I had two young daughters to support, and had earned my degree and teaching credentials from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California.

"During the next eight years I taught third grade, married a songwriting forest ranger named Gary Hines, had a third daughter, continued my writing and drawing, and collected over one hundred encouraging rejection letters from various publishing companies, eighteen of them from Susan Hirschman at Greenwillow Books.

"Then on Friday, November 13th, 1981, instead of sending me a nice rejection letter, Susan called to say, "We'd like to publish Taste the Raindrops." Since then my life has been full indeed, with a wonderful family and work I love.

"I am fascinated by children, by how they think, what they do each day, how they learn about the world around them, their relationships with others. I enjoy sorting it all out and making sense of it, especially as what is commonplace to us is new and engaging to them.

"Every once in a while I have the additional reward of hearing from a child, or parent of a child, for whom one of my books has meant something special. Then I'm really glad I didn't listen to my college teachers."

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