The Very Best Bed
Rebekah Raye’s wonderful watercolor paintings take us along on the gray squirrel’s search for just the right bed. Where, oh where, will he sleep tonight?
In THE VERY BEST BED a bushy gray squirrel is ready for bed, but where will he sleep tonight? He finds a cozy den, but a big black bear is already sleeping there. On his way up a tree, he sees a family of bats, but sleeping upside down doesn’t suit him. A beaver slaps his tail on the pond before he dives down to his bed in his lodge, but the squirrel doesn’t want to get his feet wet. Here’s a snug hole in a tree, but it’s overflowing with raccoon babies. Rebekah Raye’s wonderful watercolor paintings take us along on the gray squirrel’s search for just the right bed. Where, oh where, will he sleep tonight?
“As night falls, a gray squirrel searches for a place to sleep. Children will enjoy following the creature from den to cave to nest in his coastal woodland setting and share his frustration as he finds each potential bed already occupied. Raye’s light-infused watercolors richly complement this gentle story and interesting facts about animal sleep habits are deftly woven into the narrative. For example, the squirrel gamely tries hanging upside down with a family of bats, avoids a hungry waking owl, and decides against sleeping on rafts of reeds with some geese and ducks as his feet might get wet. The satisfying ending finds him curled up in an abandoned woodpecker’s nest using his fluffy tail as a blanket. A final spread featuring all of the animals waking at dawn asks readers, “Do YOU think the squirrel had the very best bed of all?,” a question sure to invite discussion. This engaging read-aloud would work equally well in a storytime or a cozy bedtime setting.” -Susan Moorhead, New Rochelle Public Library, NY.
“.. rank right up there on any parent’s goodnight-story list … as a read-it-again-let-me-see treat.” — The Courier-Gazette, November 30, 2006
“…filled with Raye’s vibrant watercolors that introduce children to the diverse creatures and habitats in the natural world.” — The Ellsworth American, November 16, 2006
“…a marvelous lesson of nature…fun and instructional children’s story…clever story, beautifully illustrated with watercolors.” — Kennebec Journal – July 22, 2007
About the Author/Illustrator:
Rebekah Raye is the illustrator of The Secret Pool, a Kirkus-starred picture book about vernal pools and winner of the 2014 John Burroughs Association Riverby Award.
|Dimensions||9 x 10.00 x 1 in|