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Ira Sleeps Over Paperback – August 13, 1975

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"An appealing picture book which depicts common childhood qualms with empathy and humor." Booklist, ALA

About the Author

Bernard Waber, who has written eight delightful books about Lyle the Crocodile, a little boy named Ira, and a firefly named Torchy, is the author of more than seventeen picture books for children. Widely praised by reviewers for his ability to describe common family problems, he is best loved by children for his freeflowing humor and gentle characters.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 310L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Later Printing edition (August 13, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395205034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395205037
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ira has a dilemma - he is thrilled to be invited over to Reggie's house for his very first sleep over, but his older sister got him really thinking. At home Ira sleeps with a teddy bear named Tah Tah. He's never slept without him. But what will Reggie think if he knew Ira slept with a teddy bear? What would Reggie say if he learned the bear's name is Tah Tah?

"Suppose Ira doesn't like sleeping without his teddy bear.

Suppose he absolutely hates sleeping without his teddy bear.

Should he take his teddy bear with him? Will Reggie laugh at him?"

Ira Sleeps Over is an outstanding, read-aloud bedtime tale. It is written with a firm grasp of kindergarten logic and will appeal to children and parents alike. Bernard Waber did a wonderful job of properly pacing the dialogue and it really is a delight to read out loud. There are a couple characters, providing an enjoyable opportunity to affect different voices and even different styles for the same character at different times.

The book runs 48 pages, but it is very easy to finish in under ten minutes. My wife and I frequently read it to our two boys. It is a favorite of our 4-year-old and occupies a proud place among the top bedtime books on our shelf.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful. As a second grade teacher, I read it so often to my class that the paper back book pages have fallen out. I'm purchasing the hard back version now.
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Great book to read to the family at bedtime. It is definitely on of the best books to read aloud. You are forced to sound like a seven-year-old boy as you read. Addresses the fear of what one's best friend might think when he finds out that you still sleep with a teddy bear.
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Throwing a crazy pillow fight, rummaging through the treasures of a junk collection (bottle caps, fake mustaches, stamps, office supplies), telling scary ghost stories... who can resist the magic of a sleepover with your best friend Reggie? Ira Sleeps Over is a timeless and relatively undiscovered jewel of a story that was a favorite of mine when I was a kid and now is a favorite of our three boys almost forty years later. No helicopter parents in this book, but there is the bratty older sibling that a lot of kids have to learn to put up with, plus the great message that it is truly okay to be yourself and that if you feel scared and insecure there's a good chance the other guy or gal feels the same way.
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This story is about a boy named Ira who is going to sleep over his friend's house. Ira is nervous about it because he still sleeps with a teddy bear and he thinks Reggie will make fun of him. Ira finds out that he isn't the only one with a teddy bear. We liked this story because it had a lot of funny parts. You should read this book because the story is fun and the pictures are really good.
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This is a childhood classic and favorite. If your child is having his/her first sleepover, or has a special bed buddy, then your family will enjoy this book. My son named a teddy after Ira's...and as an adult asked for new copy of this book. I think we will be reading this to HIS children.
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I love this book! I begged my mom to read it to me over and over again when I was little. Now I am going to be a teacher and I plan on having this book in my classroom at all times! It would be an excellent book to read to a child going on his/her first sleep over. But, actually, I think anyone (child or adult) would enjoy this book.
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A Kid's Review on February 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
In Ira sleeps over Ira sleeps over Reggie's house. And the problem was when Ira's sister kept on saying don't bring your teddy bear and said Reggie will laugh. And in the solution Ira finally brought his teddy bear when he saw that Reggie had a teddy bear.
The Author's Message in this story is it is okay to be different. I chose this because when Ira saw that Reggie had a teddy bear and Ira promised that he would not laugh at Reggie's teddy bear name. If you like Ira Sleeps Over you might like Bad Case of the stripes. You might like this because they both have the same Author's Message it is okay to be different. I liked the story because I like having sleepovers and I like teddy bears. I think you should buy this book at the store. I live in Killingly, Connecticut, USA. I am 7 years old.
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