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The Baby Beebee Bird Hardcover – September 5, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 190L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ill edition (September 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060280832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060280833
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

After a long, hard day of howling, roaring, squawking, and hissing, the animals in the zoo are ready for a good night's sleep. Silence settles over the zoo, until... "Beebeebobbibobbi beebeebobbibobbi"!

"What," said the elephant, "is THAT?"
"That" turns out to be the newest addition to the zoo, a tiny but vocal baby beebee bird. Deaf to the pleas of the lion, the giraffe, and all the other animals, the baby beebee bird burbles happily on. "I've slept all day and now it's time for me to SING." Morning finds a lot of very tired critters, until the lion comes up with a plan to teach the vociferous bird that "Nighttime is really best for sleeping... especially for very little birds."

Diane Redfield Massie's bedtime story, originally published in 1963, has been reissued in a larger format, with all-new full-color illustrations by award-winning illustrator (and author) Steven Kellogg, whose A-Hunting We Will Go uses a similar cast of goofy, expressive animals to ease children into sleepy-time mode. Pages of The Baby Beebee Bird are cluttered with a delightful menagerie of bleary-eyed bears, snoring snakes, and exhausted eagles. This updated edition of an old favorite is sure to be a hit with a whole new generation of readers. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-First published in 1963 and long out of print, this delightful story has been reborn in a large format and newly illustrated edition. The beebee bird is new to the zoo and sings his song all night long, keeping the other animals awake. They concoct a plan to ensure nighttime quiet so they can sleep. The recasting of the original book from the tiny, petite size with simple cut-out animal shapes and a sweet little bird into this outsized, raucous rendering with an ungainly, gawkish, redheaded beebee retains its appeal and magnifies the playfulness. Kellogg's familiar style is a perfect foil for the frolicking turnabout tale. Creative use of large type exaggerates the noises, and the sounds match the big and tall animals' images and generate boisterous fun. This newly hatched effort is bound to invite enthusiastic participation. Welcome back, beebee bird!-Julie Cummins, New York Public Library
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This is one of my favorite books for kids.
Janet Geil
Great illustrations and simple text with enough repetition to get preschoolers engaged and involved.
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This book is so much fun to read with children.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Chu on July 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I still remember the librarian reading this book to us in first grade. I remembered it when my children were born but, alas, couldn't find it in print any longer. So I got it out of the library and photocopied the whole thing (horrors!). My kids loved that black-and-white version so much that, now that I'm a grandmother, my son wants it to read to his own son. Thank God it's going to be republished! This is probaby the only book that our entire family has loved for so long. It is delightful and funny and warm. And it appeals to everyone because nobody gets to escape the problems that the kid with the mixed-up sleep schedule poses. I am still known to roar "Beebee bobby!" like a lion!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 2000
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I found an old copy of this book in my Mom's attic and I'm glad it's being re-published. It's a great children's book about a bird that makes noise at night at the zoo and the animals don't like it. Not only does it have lots of funny animal noises to make (which my daughter loves) but its message is about sleeping at night and staying awake during the day. (If only it were that easy!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jerry T. Dowell on February 3, 2010
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I read this book to my three daughters over 30 years ago. It was the favorite book of each of them, or at least it was the most requested. Every night, for years, I mumbled "Beebee bobbi bobbi, beebee bobbi bobbi, ...", until it became a recurring nightmare in my sleep! The book was bordering on an obsession for the children. I consider myself fortunate to have survived those years with my sanity intact! A whole generation was deprived of this enobling experience when the book went out of print. Gleefully, I discovered recently that the book is back in print in this nicely executed edition, I immediately ordered a copy for each of my daughters, chuckling madly. They all have children now at the right ages for the book. Now I am getting panic phone calls from my daughters, whose kids are thoroughly hooked on the book. My eldest's son grabs the book when he first wakes up in the morning and demands that it be read! Ah, revenge is sweet!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Fredericks on September 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is funny in a way the whole family can relate to. Parents and siblings who have been kept awake by a baby will especially enjoy the comic view of their predicament. Those who do the waking will enjoy the baby bird's expressing their viewpoint. The artwork is great at showing the exhausted and irascible animals who are kept awake by the cheerful baby bird. The typesetting is very clever, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Aleto on February 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am a special education teacher and this book has put many smiles on my students faces. It is one of our favorites. I'm still looking for the audio tape. If anyone know where I can find it please let me know.

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Bugface
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kori on March 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've got a 1-year-old and a 2 1/2-year-old. My 1-year-old will bring me this book and not leave me alone until I've read it to him. Then he'll sit and look at the pictures after I'm done.
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First of all, I love Diane Redfield Massie, and so does my son. If you can get a hold of "Good Neighbors", published in 1972, do so, as it is a wonderful story that we read again and again, and a great intro to her work. Redfield Massie was the principal oboist for the Honolulu Symphony, and she began writing children's books for her own brood. I can understand all the interest in reprinting this book, and making it larger than the original, as it was quite small. Also, I should say that ordinarily I love Stephen Kellogg, but well...YUCK! These pictures are garish and scary and sadly, they completely detract from the gentle and charming good humor of the original. My son has been waiting and waiting for the book to come. He was so excited to see it, but now that it is here, I'm disappointed. I will look for a copy of the tiny, lovely one we had as kids.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BirthJunkieDoula on December 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I remember this book very fondly from when I was a little girl and wanted to give it as a gift to my dearest friend for her children. I was happy to see it was still in print and ordered 2 copies, one for me as well. Well, I am sad to say I returned it promptly because the book has lost its charm due to the, dare I say, bad illustrations! The bird is not cute at all, but rather frightening, as are the other animals, and the text is not laid out well on the pages, making it difficult to read through. I am happy to say though, that I found a very good used copy for sale, and the children are enjoying the original version with the original illustrations and loving every page! Newer doesn't mean better!
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