Does a Beaver Sleep in a Bed?
by Harriet Ziefert
Illustrated by: Emily Bolam
Genre: Picture Book/Non-fiction
Published by: Blue Apple Books
Publication date: 1/28/2014
Format: Review Copy
Does a Beaver Sleep in a Bed? is part of the Think About Series which highlights things that young kids are curious about.
This book in the series presents in a silly way all the different places humans sleep and also brings humor to the story by showing all the places certain animals do and do not sleep. A great book about different ways that animals sleep compared to us. Another great resource to this series of books is the last two pages are full of different ways to use the content in the book to further engage your youngster's mind with questions and activities.
The illustrations are really bring the content of the story to a visual level that really pulls in the younger reader and even helps them to look at the pictures and then pick up what some of the words on that page will be in the story.
I Give It:
Harriet Ziefert grew up in North Bergen, New Jersey, where she attended the local schools. She graduated from Smith College, then received a Masters degree in Education from New York University.
For many years, Ziefert was an elementary school teacher. She taught most grades from kindergarten to fifth grade. "I liked it," she said, but she stopped teaching when she had her own sons. When her children were older, Ziefert wanted "a bigger arena" for her work. She went to work at a publishing company, Scholastic in New York City, developing materials for teacher's guides for kindergarten language arts and social studies programs.
"About twelve years ago," says Ziefert in a 1995 interview, "I tried to get a job as an editor, but no one would hire me as a trade editor. So I decided to write my own books." Since then, she has written several hundred books, mostly picture books and easy-to-read books. "I write books very quickly," she says, "in about twelve hours. I rewrite them three times over three days, and then they're done." She writes about twenty books a year.
Emily Bolam was born in Buckinghamshire in 1969. She studied at Amersham college and Brighton College of Art under the tutelage of well known illustrators John Vernon Lord and Chris McEwan. Her first idea for a children's book began as a college project and was published upon her graduation.
Since then, Emily has illustrated over a hundred books for children, by many different authors, including Georgie Adams, Vivian French and Francesca Simon. She has worked with publishers such as Penguin, Macmillan, Orchard Books and Orion amongst many others.
She continues to live and work in Brighton where she shares her studio with other artists and illustrators.
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This book contributed to the following reading challenges: Review Pile Reading Challenge; Women's Reading Challenge; Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge.