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Bouncing on the bed
Koller, Jackie French.
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Publication Information:
New York : Orchard Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
A child describes the bouncing, sliding, wiggling, running, splashing, reading, snuggling, and more that fills the day from sun up to bedtime.
Reading Level:
160 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.3 1 Quiz: 24084 Guided reading level: H.

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Lancaster Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Orchard Park Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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A child describes the bouncing, sliding, wiggling, running, splashing, reading, snuggling, and more that fills the day from sun up to bedtime.

Author Notes

Jackie French Koller is a prolific children's author.

Jackie's first book, Impy for Always, was published in 1989. She's gone on to write over 30 other books including The Keepers and Dragonling Series.

Koller's books have received numerous awards and accolades - among them ALA Notable Book and IRA Teachers' Choice.

Jackie lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and when she's not writing she enjoys painting, reading, hiking, making gingerbread houses, and playing with her grandchildren.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 1^-4. With simple words and clear, light-filled watercolors, this picture book features a toddler who acts out an idyllic day, from bouncing on the bed at sunup to snuggling down at bedtime, "happy to be me." Each double-page spread shows a joyful activity--sliding down the stairs, wiggling, running, rolling, splashing, dancing, hiding, playing, singing. Sometimes Mom and Dad are there: cooking ("She stirs the pot. I lick the spoon."), reading ("He says the words. I turn the page."), and a small dog is in every picture ("I throw a stick. He fetches it."). The sounds of the words with repetition and occasional rhyme are part of the sense ("Thump, thump, thumpety"), and, like Zita Newcome's Toddlerobics (1996), this will have young preschoolers joining in the playful movements and chanting along. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

PreS-An energetic preschooler bounces, slides, wiggles, runs, dances, hides, cooks, sings, and reads through the day-and finally snuggles in bed with a hug and a kiss from his parents. Lively, sun-drenched watercolor paintings on double-page spreads show an inviting summertime world. The outdoor scenes are filled with grass and flowers as the round-faced, blue-eyed child and his shaggy-haired dog splash through a brook and roll down a hill. The indoor scenes are more peaceful and cozy. Each phase of the day-waking, eating, playtime, bathing-is described in a short rhyme that uses the same verse form as "The Farmer in the Dell": "Bouncing on the bed,/I'm bouncing on the bed./The sun is up./The day is new./I'm bouncing on the bed." (The text could be sung to the same tune, too.) With the large pictures and the familiar activities described, this book would be a good selection for toddler time, and the infectious rhythm of the verse will invite participation from preschool storytime participants.-Marian Drabkin, Richmond Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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