Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Storytime: The Very Best Bed

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Today we read The Very Best Bed

This is a warm, gentle story with illustrations that compliment the story wonderfully. In The Very Best Bed a little squirrel has lost track of the time while out looking for food. As the cover of night begins to fall he scurries from nest, to den, to burrow looking for a suitable bed for the night. The only problem? Each nest, hovel or den he happens upon is already inhabited by another woodland creature.

The way the author has woven facts about animals' sleep habits into the story is very subtle and children will not have the feeling they are being taught as they listen to this story insha'Allaah. The illustrations are infused with light and at the same time very gentle which gives the story a calm feel. The last line of the story is perhaps the best part of the story. The author ends by asking the listener: "Do YOU think the squirrel had the very best bed of all?" This is a nice way to invite children to talk about the story and may help parents/teachers have ever changing discussions about the book each time it is read.

Children in pre-school to grade 2 may enjoy this book during your daily read aloud time or at bedtime...waallaahu a'lam.

No comments:

Post a Comment