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Your Own Big Bed Hardcover – May 15, 2008

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PreS—Most books about a child's first bed focus on a youngster's resistance to change or a new baby that needs the crib. Bergstein's book takes a natural approach by comparing a boy's growth to how different animals mature. In simple terms, each sequence describes how three animals are born, carried by their parents, take their first steps, and sleep in their own cozy small places and shows how a child parallels the experience. As the animals get bigger, each one graduates to a larger sleeping area, just as the boy is now able to do. The absence of the anxiety, whining, or excuses common to books of this ilk is refreshing. Rather, moving to a big bed is simply explained as the next step in the process of growing up. Soft pictures of birds, a sea turtle, a kangaroo, a koala bear, a dog, and a horse precede pictures of the youngster and his parents. The final spread, bathed in shades of blue, features several of the creatures asleep in their resting places as the boy and his teddy bear, shown through a window, are safe in their own bed. This sweet book provides a gentle, matter-of-fact introduction to a sometimes-difficult transition, and should be a first purchase for most picture-book collections.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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Like Alison McGhee’s Bye-Bye Crib (2008), this well-designed title sends a comforting message to children facing the transition to a big-kid bed. Through comparisons to the animal world, Bergstein shows preschoolers that each step in their growth is natural and universal, and her direct address to young listeners adds to the story’s reassuring, intimate tone. Beginning spreads show a baby flamingo, alligator, and sea turtle emerging from their shells. Then, “they all came out—and so did you!” Hartung’s softly shaded, clearly defined illustrations follow pictures of animal mothers and babies with a pair of human parents delighting over their new arrival. Later spreads compare more animal and human growth milestones (“Soon they all took their first steps—and so did you!”), closing with scenes of young animals snuggled in their own cozy burrows and a young boy asleep in a twin bed. The cyclical story line echoes the soothing sounds and rhythms in the simple words, while Hartung’s careful blue palette portrays nighttime as restful and inviting rather than scary. A lovely, sensitive offering. --Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670060798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670060795
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We wanted to gently transition our son into sleeping in his own bed in his own room, and so many books we looked at focused on the negative: about how it was scary, or how the protaganist would rather sleep with mommy, or how many stuffed animals it took to keep the monsters out. This book was such a great find! It's gentle in tone, with beautiful pictures, and really helps make the transition into part of being "a big boy." I wanted to review this so other mommies knew this one was worth checking out. Perfect for attachment parenting types, or for those who just want to make the transition easy on senstive children. We are so glad we found this.
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My toddler recently discovered that he could vault out of his crib and demonstrated the following evening that he had no intention of remaining caged. So, we had to transition immediately, with no buildup and no desire on his part to change his bed. We took the side off the crib, toddlerproofed his room, and I made a beeline to the library for books to help explain what was going on. Unfortunately, all the "big boy bed" books I could find were about how big and scary the new bed was, how the protagonist was afraid of being eaten by the bed, how the protagonist would much rather get up and roam the house at night than have to sleep in that giant bed, et cetera. Not what we were in the market for. We still have the same bed, just.... different. (The kid is pretty cheesed off about the change.)

The librarians recommended this book, and it's been exactly what I was looking for. It is true that in the last pictures, dad is disassembling the crib and the boy goes to sleep in a twin bed, but the tone of the story is, look how all the little animals are getting bigger and bigger. The newborn turtle gets too big for his shell, the baby gets too big to be carried everywhere, the foal gets so big she needs her own stall. At the end, we tell him, and you got too big to sleep in a crib. It's sad that your crib had to change, but that's part of growing up. There are lots of new and exciting things but it's also sad to leave some things behind.

(Of course, I can't finish the darn book without choking up, so that's a little inconvenient, but not the book's problem.)

In summary: if you're looking for a gentle, monster free book that's appropriate for conversion of a convertible crib, this should work for you.
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As our 20 month-old had recently decided to superman himself out of his crib, we bought this book to help us with a transition to a toddler bed. As his new baby sister had been born just weeks before, we were dreading moving him from his crib (one more thing for him to deal with). We read this book several times a day in the week prior to the switch. The day we put his bed in his room, he ran over, yelled "BIG BED," jumped in and slept through the night. The transistion hasn't been perfect, but whenever it gets tricky, we pull this book out again and it really seems to help.
The book itself is beautiful, with gorgeous illustrations. Plus, it really helps little one see that their bed is just another step. Highly recommend!!
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While I love the illustrations and great animal references, I was hoping this book would focus more on the boy moving to his big boy bed than it did. The only reference to moving to a big boy bed comes at the very end.

It's still a good read, but not a book I would buy to help a toddler truly understand needing to move to his big boy bed, the connections are a bit hard to make for a child of 18-24 months.
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I bought this book for my 28-month-old daughter to help get her excited about moving to a twin bed from her crib. It is a lovely and original book that explains several transitions in the lives of baby animals and a child, like from their being born to taking their first steps to sleeping in their own space. It was especially nice because it wasn't another babyish, superficial or patronizing "Rah-rah you're so big and you're going to LOVE this big change in your life because it's so great!" kind of book like so many kids books are. It was logical and mature and straightforward. It drew parallels from nature to show a child that everything grows and part of growing up is achieving specific milestones (the ultimate milestone of the book, of course, was getting a bed). My daughter loved the book from the first time we read it and now reads it every night in her new big bed. She seems to connect with the story; it seems to make her feel proud of her own big bed. I definitely recommend this book for kids over the age of 2.
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I bought this for my 7 year old who somehow crept back into our bed and needs to transition out--he has a fear of being alone at night. So I bought this to help him understand that sleeping in your big kid bed is part of growing up and everyone does it. Unfortunately, this book presumes the child still sleeps in a crib. So I won't be able to read this to my son--because it's a baby book. If your child is transitioning from a crib, the book is probably just perfect. It explains about different baby animals outgrowing more independent from their mothers.
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When we transitioned our then two-year-old out of the crib and into a toddler bed, we had trouble!! We purchased this book and it made a HUGE difference for our son. He loves reading it and we read it every night for months. It seemed to have the ability to comfort him. He really enjoyed pointing out all the different places the animals were sleeping and then he would be delighted when he pointed to the boy in his own big bed. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone!!
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