About the Author
One of the most influential poets, novelists, and short story writers of the 20th century, Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was credited with advancing "confessional poetry." Her semi-autobiographical novel The Bell Jar was published shortly before her suicide. In 1982, she won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for The Collected Poems. Plath married the poet Ted Hughes in 1956 and they had two children. They separated in 1962, shortly before her death.
Date of Birth:October 27, 1932
Date of Death:February 11, 1963
Place of Birth:Boston, Massachusetts
Place of Death:London, England
Education:B.A., Smith College, 1955; Fulbright Scholar, Cambridge University
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This delightful little book contains a bedtime poem that author Sylvia Plath wrote for her children. This isn't the acerbic wit of Plath in The Bell Jar but a sweet tale perfect for sharing with the little ones in your live. The fantastical plot, if you would, takes the children away from their dull everyday beds to imagining all the kinds of beds there could be. For example, there's an elephant bed where you can pick the bananas from trees as you pass by, a pocket-size bed to carry with you so you never miss out on a sleepover because there isn't a bed for you, and a snack bed allowing you to eat in bed without ever getting up or needing money for the vending machine. The whimsical story is accompanied by equally whimsical illustrations by Emily Arnold McCully.
This book is a long, long poem about different beds. Beds of every sort are imagined- beds that spurt snacks, go exciting places, or bounce you into outer space. Any of these, it claims would be better than a traditional bed. I admit that I was hoping she would draw the connection to imagining all these things in a regular bed, but children will go for the fantastical aspects of it.