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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 250L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1St Edition edition (January 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060283734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060283735
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3–When staying with his grandparents, a boy is frightened by the squeaky door to his bedroom. To comfort him, Grandma puts various animals in bed with him. In MacDonald's retelling, she tries a cat, dog, pig, and horse. When the bed breaks, the boy gets to sleep with his grandparents. The next morning Grandma oils the door, repairs the bed, and the child sleeps soundly after that. Other retellings include Laura Simms's The Squeaky Door (Random, 1991), Judith Mathews and Fay Robinson's Nathaniel Willy, Scared Silly (S & S, 1994), and Pat Thomson's The Squeaky, Creaky Bed (Doubleday, 2003). This one is very similar to the language in Simms's version. All of the retellings are funny, and children enjoy the absurdity of the situation. DePalma's bright and colorful cartoon illustrations are full of humorous details, but are not large enough to share with a group. This book is best suited for one-on-one sharing and is also a great choice to add to storytelling repertoires.–Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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PreS-Gr. 2. MacDonald--storyteller, author, and children's librarian--brings her experience to bear in this straightforward retelling of an old favorite, distinguished by the way the words are set down on the page. Ellipses, uppercase letters, exclamation points, and divergent spellings ("squeeeeeak!") signal readers to pause, raise or lower their voices, or inject drama into the cumulative tale of a misguided grandma who is certain a critter (or several) can help her grandson adjust to sleeping in a big-boy bed. When she realizes what's really causing the problem, she finds a quick solution: "She oiled that squeaky door." The art is as distinctive as the text. DePalma's illustrations, diminutive and detailed, envision a cozy home and loving grandma, whose comical endeavors to outfit animals in pj's and kiss them goodnight ("smack!") brim with clever touches, while double-page spreads reflect the child's apprehension and loneliness by gradually increasing the distance between the bed and the slowly closing door. Numerous spot illustrations make this impractical for pajama parties, but for lap sharing before bed, it is just perfect. Stephanie Zvirin
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My five year old daughter and I love this book!
Audra S. Jergens
For parents, librarians and teachers with young children to read to, I can't recommend this book highly enough.
Shanshad
The story line is really interactive for kids because of the repeating theme.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shanshad VINE VOICE on December 20, 2007
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I admit to being astonished that no one's done a review of this marvelous picture book yet. The Squeaky Door is a delightful addition to the collection of folktales from around the world that have been put into picture book form by the remarkable Margaret Read MacDonald.It is also one of the best read-alouds I have discovered this year. Ms. MacDonald is a storyteller and folklorist as well as an author, and many of her stories come from those she has heard and told over the years.

The framework of the tale is simple. Little Boy is staying over Grandmas, and gets to sleep in the big brass bed by himself. But all it takes is aformentioned squeaky door to ruin a good night's sleep. Grandma tries to help by bringing various animals in to stay in the bed with him. First the cat, then the dog, then the pig and finally, the horse. This growing menagerie finally overloads the bed--and it breaks. And Grandma finally takes care of that squeaky door. What makes this work so well, is the magic of the words. Everything is written to be read aloud and easily falls into a rythym that the audience will catch onto quickly. Most lines are repeated several times throughout the book, guaranteeing that children can join in with the words after the first or second repetition. As the title says, the book sings--even a reader not particularly adept at reading books aloud should be able to read this without too much trouble. The words remain fairly simple, and the story straight forward, but hilarious. It's a good read for children 3 to 6 years old. For older children, the best approach may be asking them to join in on Little Boy's responses to Grandma each time.

Then there are the pictures created by Mary Newell DePalma.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Go racing "D" on February 6, 2010
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I had signed this book out of our local library and had read it to my daughters! I think the first time I had read it the power had gone out so to keep them interested and distracted from not having any power. I really animated it and they loved it. We laughed and giggled the whole way through. So of course when it was time to give it back the girls were sad. So the search began for this book and the search was unsuccessful. With that I knew exactly where I would be able to find this book here on Amazon!!! Thanks so much for making searching so easy with happy endings!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louise on April 29, 2008
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This is a GREAT read-aloud book. My 6-year-old has read along with me each night since we've had it. From the SQUEEEEEEAK of the door to the WAAAAAHs and WOOFs and OINKs - it''s impossible for the kids to refrain from joining in the telling of this tale. Wonderful illustrations tell more of the story than is written in the text. I highly recommend this book.
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By Susaninacloud on February 17, 2013
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I have told this story to classes for many years. In my oral version the house falls down and they move to a new house without a squeaky door. In this version, grandma gets out a toolbox and fixes the squeaky door. I found myself telling my old version when I got near the end of the book- which had more dramatic appeal. Then I showed them the alternate version in the book. I also enhanced with audience participation- again drawing upon the oral tradition. The illustrations in the book are a nice addition.
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Hilarious!! If you have a child, like my daughter, who doesn't want to go to bed, you'll love this book. My child has to kiss everybody in the house ten times before she goes to sleep. The boy, the main character, in the book can't sleep. So, his grandmother tries several things to get him to go bed, you won't believe what she does. Moreover, your child will be laughing throughout the book, as my daughter did when I read it to her.
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My (not yet) 2 year old son LOVES this book. He brings it (as he does a few other favorites) to us and asks for it to be read aloud to him. When we do, he completes the narration with "No, not ME!", "YES, YES, YES!" or "Squeeeeeeeeeak". He enjoys reading the book and so do we!

The one downside for us is that the book is fairly long to hold his interest and he wanders off midway to fetch his other favorites. But I guess he would sit through it once he is a bit older. Also, he was not very interested in it in the beginning, but as I kept reading it, it grew on him.

The pictures are nice (there are other elements like toys on the floor, clothes, etc to keep things interesting for the kids), the story is well narrated and the sounds are a lot more fun when your toddler recites them. I would recommend this book for any toddler that can sit through a few pages.
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By L. Wolfe on March 4, 2013
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I read this to my own children and WE loved it! We read it over and over again!
So I took it to school and read it to every class...and THEY LOVED it!
Wonderfully predictable, it draws the audience in right away.
Adorable illustrations. A Must-Have for every classroom and personal library!
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More About the Author

Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald travels the world telling stories....always on the lookout for more great folktales to share. She shapes these found stories into tellable tales which anyone can share with ease. Filling her folktale collections with these delightful tales, she creates perfect read alouds for you and your family. MRM wants everyone to experience the joy of a beautifully told tale. She hopes you will read them a few times...then put down the book...put down the electronic device...and just TELL the story to your children!

Some of her favorite folktales she expands into picture books...hopefully with delightfully readable language while will roll right out of your mouth. Share them with your children and then....act the tales out! Revisit the tales by TELLING them! At bedtime. While on the road. Fill your pockets with great stories to share wherever you go.

Joining her Folklore Ph.D. with her 30 plus years as a children's librarian, Margaret brings folktales to life in playful, lilting language which should delight both reader and listener.

See her performance schedule at: www.margaretreadmaconald.com

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