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My own big bed
Hines, Anna Grossnickle.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A child proudly shows off her very own brand new big bed while also telling herself that she can deal with fears about sleeping in it for the first time.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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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 -- with a tuck and a kiss from Mommy and Daddy -- promises a safe and cozy night's sleep.

Author Notes

Anna Grossnickle Hines was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 13, 1946. She studied art at San Fernando Valley State College. She received a B.A. in human development and an elementary teaching credential from Pacific Oaks College in 1974 and a M.A in 1978.

Her first book, Taste the Raindrops, was published in 1983. She has written and/or illustrated more than 60 books including Come to the Meadow, Maybe a Band-Aid Will Help, Remember the Butterflies, Flying Firefighters, and What Joe Saw. Both Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti and Grandma Gets Grumpy were given Children's Choice Awards by the International Reading Association and Children's Book Council.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-5. A little girl in pink-and-purple floral pajamas gets ready to go to sleep in her brand-new big bed for the first time. She coyly smiles and boasts, "I can get in, and I can get out--in and out all by myself." Any fears of falling out, getting lonely, or getting lost under the covers are quickly dismissed. She can grab her little blanket, gather her stuffed animals, and jump back into bed. Best of all, Mommy and Daddy can sit down right next to her, read her a story, and kiss her good-night. Watson's opaque watercolor illustrations pay exceptional attention to the child's expressive face. Blue-bordered pictures set against pale yellow backgrounds and double-spread illustrations combine to add a changing sense of perspective that matches the rhythm of the words and the action of the story. Ideal for bedtime and lapsits; even the youngest prereader will point along and chime in to the soothing, reassuring story. --Karen Simonetti

Publisher's Weekly Review

Hines (When We Married Gary) faultlessly portrays the ambivalence of a toddler when she moves from her crib to a big bed. A new big bed of her own is both exciting and scary for this girl narrator, but in confronting her fears, she also discovers inner reserves of self-reliance: "I can get in, and I can get out‘in and out all by myself. What if I fall out? I can fix that." Watson (The Market Lady and the Mango Tree) shows the girl's resourceful solution: her teddy bear and stuffed alligator lounge comfortably atop a raft of pillows surrounding the bed, and demonstrate that any accidental fall will be amply cushioned. As the protagonist tries out her newfound space‘"I can stretch and stretch and not touch anything, not anything"‘she wonders, "What if I get lonely?" So she assembles a collection of appealing dolls and plush animals to keep herself company. And in the final spreads, Daddy and Mommy come, not to assuage her fears, all of which she's handily put to rest, but to read a bedtime story and deliver goodnight kisses. This rite of passage is astutely and economically observed, without lapsing into preachiness or preciousness. Watson's combination of neatly framed vignettes and full-bleed spreads makes skillful use of painterly realism. The brown-eyed, blonde-haired heroine is engaging and playful, and will likely inspire other toddlers to follow her example. Ages 4-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.