December 13, 2011
Read Up: Back to Bed, Ed!
Sure, Santa Claus made an appearance at my Family Storytime last night, but I think the REAL star of the show was Sebastien Braun's book, Back to Bed, Ed!
The book's subject matter is a situation with which I think most families can relate: a young child having a hard time transitioning to sleeping in his own bed. Every time I read it, I flash back to the nights when I would be so tired from the struggle I'd somehow fall asleep down the hall next to the little bed--and to the mornings when I'd wake up with an extra little someone in my own bed! The yelling at the door, the feet in the face--the events in Back to Bed, Ed may not measure up to the high drama you might've experienced in your own household, but I think they will ring true & take you right on back!
For families going through "the change" right now, I think this is a great book to read & maybe even keep around. There are no bad guys in the story; it just seems like Ed is facing a challenge, and that he may need time & a little help. As I share this book at storytime, I ask the children, "will Ed stay in bed this time?" We talk about whether those things Ed sees under his bed are real, and I point out how tired poor Daddy & Mommy look. The discussion as we make our way through the story helps build empathy for all three parties, & I think by the end, everyone is rooting for Ed to stay in bed! Will he? Ever?!?