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Swain, Ruth Freeman.
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New York : Holiday House, 1999.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Relates a variety of facts about beds, sleepwear, and sleeping from different cultures and periods of history, from ancient Egypt and China to the contemporary world of astronautics.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.9 0.5 50079.
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GT3000.3 .S83 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Relates a variety of facts about beds, sleepwear, and sleeping from different cultures and periods of history, from ancient Egypt and China to the contemporary world of astronautics.

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Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. From a simple mat with a straw pillow to a dorm bunk littered with boom box, TV, and minifridge, beds have come a long way. The evolution of beds through time and their adaptation to climate and hazards (e.g., hammocks kept rain-forest sleepers cool and safe from ground dangers) are documented in this delightful history. Smith's detailed and humorous watercolor paintings expand on Swain's intriguing facts. The book details the many kinds of beds and their innovations, including the wooden frames and mosquito netting of ancient Egyptian beds; cozy Pullman sleepers and inventive Murphy beds; the cool, underground dens of desert-dwelling Berbers; the hanging platforms of daring mountain climbers; and the sleeping restraints of astronauts. This fun focus on one aspect of world cultures should find a place in both schools and public libraries. --Ellen Mandel

Publisher's Weekly Review

Though books about bedtime abound, young readers are unlikely to find many books like this one, about the beds themselves. Swain's picture book debut takes a quirky, informative look at beds through the ages. In an inviting storytelling style, she spans time and geography to describe the furniture on which people sleep, from the wooden bed frames used in ancient Egypt to large communal beds of 16th-century Europe and South American hammocks. Along the way, she frequently makes comparisons between historic and modern sleeping quarters and also provides some fun facts, pointing out, for example, the unusual places where truck drivers, astronauts and mountain climbers catch some shut-eye. But Swain's attempt to cover so much territory in a traditional picture book format results in a few awkward transitions in the text. Smith's (Nine for California) cheery watercolors capture both well-researched details and the illustrator's sunny sense of humor (kids will chuckle at King Louis XIV jumping on one of his 413 magnificent beds). No matter where they are tucked in, her many slumbering subjects look cozy indeed. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-A look at sleep, beds, pillows, and nightclothes across the ages and continents. Swain explains that although people have different customs and habits, everybody needs sleep. She begins with a description of how the ancient Egyptians slept and concludes with a portrayal of how astronauts sleep in outer space. "Whether you like your bed tucked in tight or all in a heap, filled with friends or only you, covered with blankets or quilts or nothing at all, there has never been another bed anywhere like yours." The lively cartoon illustrations are well balanced with blocks of text. The author concludes with a page of facts about the topic.-Shelley Woods, Boston Public Library, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.