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One Ted Falls Out of Bed - Julia Donaldson

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Julia Donaldson / Edition: New Ed / Paperback / 32 Pages / Book is published 2005-08-05 by Macmillan Children's Books

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      04.08.2013 21:53
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      Lovely rhyme book

      A great book from one of my favourite children's authors. My son was brought this book for Christmas and he was 1.5 years old. He enjoyed the book but now he's 2 years old he really loves it. He has even memories parts of it now.

      Like other Julia Donaldson books it has a great rhyme to it. This allows it to be catchy and a hit with young children.

      There is a great counting theme about this book i.e. / One Ted falls out of bed. He tugs and pulls the bedclothes BUT...Two eyes are tight shut. He jumps and shouts and makes a fuss till three mice say "Play with us". The text continues through until the number 10 and then counts back down.

      This book can currently be brought in paperback for £4.79 off Amazon or free from the library to hire. I am a big fan of the library and this would probably be ideal to hire as it's a favourite for a week or two then forgotten about.

      I can't seem to find a hard back version of this book so it's one too keep away from mischievous fingers and read together.

      I would recommend this book to anyone with children between the ages of 3 months - 3 years.

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      14.07.2013 21:17
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      so cute

      I feel as though I know this book off by heart now as it has been such well received by my daughter that we have read it over and over again! It is a lovely book with some lovely illustrations to go with it to make it even nicer. It is written by the author of The Gruffalo- Julia Donaldson.

      The book is large, roughly the size of A4 but square so it is the kind of book which is nice to read at bed time where Mummy or Daddy can hold the book and your little one can lie in bed and see the pictures. Hope also likes to read this by herself although she is almost 3, I imagine children who are less than 2 would struggle to hold it properly.

      The story tells of a teddy who falls out of bed at bedtime and cannot get back into the bed. It then leads to him getting up to all kinds of adventures in the night! As he gets on with his adventures the story counts such as 'one ted falls out of bed' 'three mice say...' '...fight with seven trolls...' so the adventures are not just exciting and imaginative but also have a bit of education in there too teaching them the numbers.

      The story also rhymes, so everything has a certain rhythm to it which I think children like as it flows nicely. "He tugs and pulls the bed clothes but two eyes are tight shut", cheer up bear, build a stair" and so forth. This also is easier to read and makes it more enjoyable for me, not just Hope!

      On each page the pictures are really big and well done, my favourite scene being the one with a teddy sitting on the windowsill looking out at the stars along with three mice with the curtains around them. There is lots of atmosphere in it as there are in all the pages.

      What is lovely about this book is that it shows just what fun a teddy could get up to whilst everyone else is asleep so it really is the stuff of what children's imaginations are made up of- fighting with other toys, racing around in the children's toys and so it adds a bit of magic to reading it as Hope and I then discuss what we think her dolly gets up to whilst she is asleep.

      The book is a great one to read. I love lying in bed with Hope reading it and then discussing what we see on the pages because there is lots going on there are lots of things to talk about so it does make it a great book. Hope is nearly three so she likes to talk a lot and ask questions so this book allows us to do that, it is ideal for her age group. It has only been recently that we have been able to read books like this, before now we have had more basic books which don't really tell stories and are more about just learning how books work and have very, very basic words in. It is great to now be able to read to her properly.

      This book retails at £5.99 which is quite pricey really but it is very, very well written with some lovely illustrations. I paid £4.99 for it though on offer and I think that was a good price to pay. If you enjoy reading with your little one then this is a lovely book to have. I'm very pleased with it and Hope loves it too.

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        20.11.2012 18:03
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        One ted falls out of bed

        One ted falls out of bed is a beautiful short little children's story that I think is perfect for bedtime and a great way of bringing in the learning of the numbers 1 to 10 in a fun way, incorporating it into a story rather than just tying to learn it straight.

        We have been reading One ted falls out of bed for a few months now and it is definitely one of our favourites. As I've mentioned above its quite a short story but this is great for us in a number of ways. It's perfect for my one year old boy as it keeps his attention long enough and it's not too long that he becomes bored with the story and two if we are running late at bedtime and need to be quick this is a nice quick story to read before its lights out to make sure we have at least read one book at bedtime.

        The story is written by Julia Donaldson and it only features a few words on each page but you can immediately pick up the story. It features a teddy bear who has fallen out of bed and the little adventure he goes on to get back into his nice warm bed with the little child that was cuddling him. As we move trough the story each page begins with a different number. For example, one ted falls out of bed, he tugs and pulls the bedclothes but, two eyes are tight shut, and so on until we get to the number 10. It's a really sweet little story and ted encounters lots of different fun animals and friends along the way.

        The story has a little rhyme to it so it's very easy to read and i think that also makes it very easy for a little one to remember too as my little girl now recites the book back to us as we are reading it to her. There is one portion where you count up to ten and I definitely think that reading this book has helped her to get better at her one to ten and I think that's great. Once the book reaches ten it counts back down to one until the lucky little ted manages to get back into bed. My little boy and girl always ask for this one at bedtime so they definitely like it too.

        The book is wonderfully illustrated by Anna Currey. It features simple pencil drawings with soft colours but I think this makes it very soft and adds to the simple gentle story. For me, it really brings the book to life too as not only can my little boy hear about the numbers and the animals, they can see them too. The writing is bold and simply written which makes it easy to read and also easy to follow as I run my finger across the words when I am reading so my little girl can see the words at the same time as hearing them. The book is only 12 pages long and we have the paperback version which costs £5.99 from Macmillan books.

        *** Please note that this is a book I own (November 2012) and if anybody wishes to see a photograph of it in our house I am more than happy to send you one ***

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          03.06.2012 14:16
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          A great tale - Will Ted make it back to bed?

          My son received this book as a gift for easter and ever since then we have read this book 'almost' every day to the point that if I try to skip a page he knows immediately and protests. The story is about a Bear called Ted who has fallen out of bed and goes on a wee adventure in the bedroom meeting other characters with the ultimate aim of getting him back into bed. The illustrations in this book are fantastic and the images are not too cluttered which prevents your child from becoming overstimulated before bed. My son has learned many new words and colours (blocks/cars/balloons) from the pictures alone which is great as he likes to point at the images and have me tell him what they are and vice versa. The story is just the right length for a 1-3 year old as my son quickly loses interest if the story is too long and it also has the added bonus of not only telling the tale of Ted's adventure but introducing numbers which will eventually click when my son is ready.

          The book itself is actually quite durable as it is the paperback version and my son can be quite rough with his books - I would however, normally get the hardback version as paperback versions have a tendency to disintegrate as we read at least 3 different books everyday. One of the things I didn't realise when we received this book was that it was written by Julia Donaldson, the author of the Gruffalo and I hadn't realised just how many 'great' books that wonderful lady had written. I really do recommend this story for your little ones at bedtime as it does tend to calm my son down ready for bed which is something that most parents struggle with and he actually looks forward to his bedtime routine when he knows that this book is off the shelf.

          The paperback version of this book retails at £5.99 in most bookstores however you can currently get it off amazon for £4.39 with free delivery which is superb value. Highly recommended for those of you with little ones who struggle with the bedtime routine.

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            16.12.2011 15:31
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            A lovely educational story

            One ted out of bed is one of our favourites at the moment for bedtime and as it is such a fun book my children never seem to get bored with it. The book is written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Anna Currey. It is a lovely attractive book that pulls the reader in from the start.

            The story is about a poor teddy bear that has fallen out of bed and is trying to get back in. Along the way he meets many different things and gets to try all sorts of new adventures but will ted get back to bed?
            The pictures are really cute and eye catching the teddy bear is lovely and each scene and character are really simple yet eye catching in lovely warm colours to keep our eyes wanting to look at more. The detail is great it means each and every time we read the book little eyes spot different things and keeps them interested.

            This book is great as it uses rhymes and a fun story to keep the children engaged while gently including the numbers 1 -10 to introduce to little ones at the same time. It also counts from 1-10 and then back down from 10-1 but the story is really fun and we enjoying reading it over and over the children never seem to get bored and always notice something different each time.

            Looking round I can see it on Amazon new for £4.59 or from 1p in marketplace. Although this is the average retail price I purchased a collection of 10 Julia Donaldson books for £10 from book people so that works out at the lovely price of £1 per book for a must have read along with many others in the collection.

            Overall I would highly recommend this book the words roll of your tongue and it is really fun to read while little one is learning from the stories and is introduced to the numbers 1-10 in a fun way. There are no negatives from me such a lovely little book.

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              12.12.2011 18:34
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              A great read

              'One ted falls out of bed. How will he ever get back in? Count with Ted from 1 to 10 as he goes on an amazing night-time adventure.'

              One Ted Falls Out of Bed is a book written by Julia Donaldson, the popular author of The Gruffalo and illustrated by Anna Currey. I purchased it from The Works as part of an offer, 4 children books for £5. It can be found on Amazon new for £4.36.

              The book is about a teddy that falls out of his usual place in his owners bed, he then has the tiresome task of trying to get himself back into bed. On this journey back to bed he encounters a number of different things and objects. This book is also a counting book so the number of different objects Ted comes across increases as the pages go on up to 10, where 10 blocks build some stairs beside the bed. As Ted gets close to getting back into bed the stairway comes crashing down so the story counts down back to 1 as all the objects fall down. Will Ted ever get back into bed?

              The book is set in double pages spreads for the most part, but there are a few pages that have different illustrations and sentences on each page. The writing style is quite basic and most pages have a rhyming sentence which I think children find humorous, for example:

              'They take a trip with eight balloons,
              To where nine frogs are playing tunes.'

              I think this makes the book appealing for slightly older children as well as just toddlers. The counting element has been a great help in our house, helping my daughter (who is 2) to learn how to count. The colourful, yet, basic illustrations keep my daughters interest so that we can sit down and she can help me count the objects on each of the pages. With 32 pages it would usually be hard to keep her attention, but this book does it great.

              I'd definitely recommend this book for families with children between the ages of 12-36 months, and even slightly older children. I love this just as much as my daughter!

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                08.12.2011 00:41
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                A really enjoyable AND educational story for babies and toddlers.

                One Ted Falls Out of Bed is a really sweet book for young children by popular author Julia Donaldson who is probably better known for "The Gruffalo" story, and is illustrated by Anna Currey. The back cover tells us "When Ted falls out of bed, three tearaway mice whisk him off on a breathtaking adventure. They zoom around in fast cars, go on a balloon ride and climb a building-block mountain. It's all very exciting, but will it get Ted back to bed?" and so we join Ted on an exciting counting adventure along the way.

                We have been reading this book for the last six weeks with our daughter, and think that at 14 months old she is just the right age where she is beginning to appreciate a slightly more sophisticated storyline than a few words to a page, and this one has been great for improving her concentration, and is continuing to help develop her language skills and enhance her love of early reading. The fact that we have been focusing on counting and numbers during playtime in recent months means that we are getting some extra mileage out of this story. It has a cosy bedtime feel about it, just perfect for a story about a ted missing his bed. My daughter now points to this book and asks for "teddy" as part of her bedtime routine. There is so much within these pages to interact with as you count along together. The scenes are familiar to her from her own play and she kisses the page with the dolls on "sipping their tea". Each detailed illustration by Anna Currey gives us plenty to point out and talk about with her besides just counting along like colours and shapes etc. The calming prose is very simple, and there is an opportunity to practise lots of "first words" here such as "car" "doll" "frog" and "star". It is a lovely story and I am pleased that my daughter is learning without realising it. So primarily it is a counting book, but there is so much more to discover the more times you share the story with your child. I think it has so much potential to become one her favourites.

                In my opinion this book is great for introducing counting and numbers to a young toddler, and I am impressed that this story not only counts up from one to ten, but back from ten to one again. My impression after browsing other counting books in our local library was that counting from ten backwards must not be particularly common in books for this age group but it's a very useful teaching tool and I am pleased to have discovered this book. My overall thoughts are that this book is likely to stay in our collection for some time to come and I would be happy to recommend it for ages 1+ or any children who are beginning to get to grips with first counting and numbers. We have the board book edition that I picked up in a charity shop for £1.50, which was an absolute bargain. For comparison it's currently priced at £4.59 on Amazon, and it's definitely worth paying that too.

                This review also appears on Ciao under the same username, flutterby7. Thanks for the read.

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                14.05.2011 21:20
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                A lovely far fetched story

                Having teachers as an Auntie and uncle means one thing is for certain, my daughter gets a book off them for every type of celebration, one such book they have given her is One Ted Falls Out of Bed, the RRP of the book is £5.99 although you can currently get it for £4.19 on Amazon.

                Julia Donaldson who also wrote the gruffalo writes the book, Anna Currey illustrates it and it is published by Macmillan children's books, this book was first published in 2004.

                The front cover of the book has the title and the author details as you would expect to see and then has a picture of a dazed looking teddy on the floor surrounded by blocks and two mice looking at him, there is also a blue stripe up the side of the book with little stars printed all over it.

                Before you get to the story you first get a blank set of pages with just a little picture of the teddy rubbing his head in one corner, following this you have a double spread with a mouse hole and three mice in different positions along the page, after this you get another title page showing the same information as on the cover but the picture is of teddy falling this time and opposite this is the dedications and publishing details.

                After the many introductory pages you finally get to the story which starts in a darkened bedroom where ONE little ted falls from the bed, the teddy makes a fuss but the childs TWO eyes are closed, the fuss attracts THREE mice and they want to play. I think you can gather from the above that the next number in the sequence appears on the following page such as roaring in four fast cars and gazing at five bright stars. The book follows the teddy and the mice as they meet with dolls and trolls and take a trip to where frogs play tunes until the teddy decides that he is missing his bed and all his new friends help him to use building blocks to build ten stairs back to bed and just as he gets back to the bed disaster strikes and the blocks collapse and everyone falls, hops and run and lots more actions leaving poor ted back on the floor. The story ends nicely as the two eyes open and lift teddy off the floor and back into bed.

                This book is a lovely read, the books is written in rhyme and my daughter goes through feeling sorry for the teddy to being calm through his adventure and then getting excited to see how it's going to end with all the commotion at the end. The point of the book is counting from one to ten and then from ten back down to one but my daughter doesn't even realise she is doing it and we always count to ten at the end of the book just to help implant the numbers. The book is probably 9-10 inches square so is a nice size for sharing a story and the illustrations are nice and detailed, the story is quite far fetched such as the orchestra of frogs but it's good fun to read and I would certainly recommend it.

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                  10.12.2009 16:17
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                  One ted falls out of bed!

                  One ted falls out of bed is an amazing childrens book by Julia Donaldson. My daughter was given this book by the health visitor as part of the Book Start pack which is aimed at helping all children become familiar with books from a young age. I would imagine that alot of thought went into choosing which book should be given away and i personally think that this is an amazing choice.

                  This book is a ryhming book about a ted who fell out of bed then with the use of numbers goes through what he got upto whilst out of bed then counts again to him getting back into bed. Very repetative which is lovely for the younger children that it is aimed at.

                  Examples of text:-
                  `One ted falls out of bed.
                  He tugs and pulls the bedclothes BUT.......Two eyes are tight shut.
                  He jumps and shouts and makes a fuss,
                  Till three mice say, "Play with us!"........'

                  This elequant use of words is repeated throughout the book and it is very easy to remember and i often recite it from memory in the car. It is easy for the children to remember too as each thing has a specifi number e.g 10 red bricks! The first time i read it with a friends three year old daughter i reread it five times in a row as she liked it so much!

                  It is currently three pounds ninty seven on amazon but rrp is 5.99.

                  One disadvantage is that it is not hardback and will not stand up to the distruction of my daughter when she wants to 'read' on her own. So it is definatly one for bedtime or that we read together in the day.

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                  A great book for little children

                  This is another delightful book by Julia Donaldson. She is best known for her collaborations with illustrator Axel Scheffler resulting in books such as 'The Gruffalo' and 'Room on the Broom'. In 'One Ted Falls Out of Bed' she has collaborated with a different illustrator - Anna Currey - and the result is that the 'feel' of the book is entirely different, although equally good!

                  'One Ted Falls Out of Bed' tells the charming story of a little teddy, who unfortunately one night, falls out of bed! This is hardly surprising given the title of the book! As this happens on the first page though, what the story is really about is what happens once he has fallen out of bed and his ensuing attempts to get back into bed! In fact quite a lot happens and he meets various toys. Every time something happens there is a cumulative effect which helps young children with their counting. For example, as soon as he falls out he tries to get back in and attract his owner only to discover that two eyes are tight shut! He is a bit upset until he is invited to play with three mice and they roar around in four fast cars! And so it goes on, up to nine, where he sees nine frogs playing tunes on different instruments.

                  However, although this is quite enjoyable, Ted really wants to be back in bed sleeping with his rightful owner. Therefore all the different numbers of toys he has met help him to build some stairs out of ten bricks! It looks like it's all going to be successful until disaster strikes - the stairs tumble and all the different toys go flying! But luckily all the commotion disturbs the little bear's owner who is sleeping in bed; two eyes open and a little hand reaches out and 'one ted is back in bed'! This is the last line in the book and every one can heave a sigh of relief that it is a happy ending after all!

                  I think this is a lovely story to share with little children. As with all the Julia Donaldson stories I have read it is entirely written in rhyme which helps children with their phonological awareness skills. My daughter loves the rhyming element in the story and really enjoys trying to supply the rhyme. The other useful element in the book is that it helps children with their counting and numbers. On each page, there are different things to count, each time adding up to one more than the last. then, about halfway through the book, the counting starts to go backwards going from ten down to one. My daughter really enjoys interacting with the pictures and counting the different objects or toys!

                  This brings me on to the illustrations which are all really lovely! There is a light and airy feel about all of them which is slightly different to the collaborations with Axel Scheffler. All the toys are illustrated beautifully so they are all very attractive and appealing. There is a particularly delightful picture about halfway through when Ted is perched at the top of his stair of bricks before it all tumbles. Looking up from below are a number of the toys we have met previously all with terribly anxious looks on their faces! The last picture in the book is equally appealing too - with just the little boy's and Ted's faces peeping out from under the bedclothes, fast asleep!

                  So overall this is another very entertaining and colourful children's story book. I think that the simple story line will appeal to most children and also help them with their early reading and number skills as well which is a bonus!

                  Our copy is published by Macmillan Children's books with a RRP of £5.99. We bought ours as part of a set of ten picture books from The Book People for only £10!

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