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ONE TED FALLS OUT OF BED by Julia Donaldson


by Julia Donaldson & illustrated by Anna Currey

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: June 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-8050-7787-1
Publisher: Henry Holt

This counting rhyme is sure to comfort any child who has had a stuffed friend suffer a nighttime fall. When Ted tumbles to the bedroom floor, he tries to pull his way back up, but he gets no help from the bed’s sleeping occupant, even when he begins to fuss. Three mice notice, though, and ask him to play. They have adventures galore, driving in four cars, gazing at five stars, but Ted still misses his bed. A frog suggests he build a stair, and all help him, counting each block added. But, “ten bricks crash, / nine frogs hop, / And eight balloons go / BANG SNAP POP!” Luckily, two represents the eyes of his beloved friend, which open and see Ted safely back to bed. Donaldson’s gentle rhymes will lull youngsters to sleep, likely dreaming of their own stuffed animals’ adventures. The numbers are a natural and seamless part of the story. Currey’s objects are large and easy for young listeners to spot and count. Her illustrations fit the mood perfectly, especially the facial expressions on the toys and the mice—they truly come alive. A sweet addition to any bedtime routine. (Picture book. 2-6)