BEA'S BOOK NOOK "I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." C. S. Lewis “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Bea Reviews Does a Beaver Sleep in a Bed? by Harriet Ziefert, Illustrated by Emily Bolam

Publisher: Blue Apple Books
Series: Think About...
Format Read: ePub
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: January 28, 2014
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Blurb from the publisher:

This title explores and explains that while every animal sleeps, only some have beds. A funny, kid-like question ("Does a beaver sleep in a bed?") is paired with a silly scenario (a beaver gnawing at a headboard). A turn of the page reveals the answer, a picture of the critter in an authentic setting (a beaver asleep in his lodge), and a few facts about that animal's sleepytime habits and habitat. The pattern follows with a baboon, polar bear, bumblebee, horse, and dog, culminating with people in different kinds of beds. A final "Think About" spread presents kids, parents, and teachers with activities that relate to and extend each book's subject matter.

Bea's Thoughts:

I'm always on the lookout for new children's book and when I was looking at this publisher's collection this was one of several that caught me eye.

As the blurb says, "Does A Beaver Sleep In A Bed?" looks at the sleeping locations for several different animals (sadly, mostly mammals and no ocean animals or reptiles)  as well as humans. The illustrations are cute though nothing remarkable; some of them are humorous, such as the beaver chewing on a headboard. I wish the illustration of where the polar bear sleeps was more detailed as it fails to show or reflect what the text says.

About halfway through, the book switches from where animals sleep to where people sleep. We see different types of beds for children and adults but they're almost exclusively relevant to North America and most of Europe. I'd have liked to have seen beds and sleeping arrangements from around the world.

"Where Does A Beaver Sleep?" is a cute introduction to animal and human sleeping habitats. It lacks depth but children will enjoy the pictures and the book should spark many interesting conversations. There's a decent list of suggested questions and activities at the back of the book for parents caregivers, and teachers.

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  1. It's to bad the book didn't quite live up to it's potential but it still looks like a book my 4 year old would love! Thanks for sharing - I hadn't come across this one before and we're always looking for new kids books.

    1. I think kids will enjoy it; it's from the adult perspective where it's lacking.

  2. Sounds cute, but I agree, it would have been nice to see sleeping arrangements from around the world. Too bad I don't have a toddler in my life any more!

    1. LOL who needs a toddler? Read it for yourself. :)

  3. Aws that sounds pretty adorable. That would have been neat to see other living locations around the world. Heck *I'd* be interested in that as an adult! lol

    And ah Bea. My mind so went somewhere else when I first read the title. I really need to read some other genres to balance out my naughty mind. lol

    1. ROTFLMAO Yes, I can guess where your mind went. :D I wondered why you were commenting on a kids book review.

      And yes, definitely a missed opportunity on the varied beds.


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