Item description for Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber...
Overview A young boy, preparing to stay overnight at a friend's house for the first time, is undecided about taking his teddy bear
Ira is thrilled to spend the night at Reggie's, until his sister raises the question of whether he should take his teddy bear.
Citations And Professional Reviews Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1571
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/1991 page 729
Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 754
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 716
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 1032
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.13" Width: 8.05" Height: 0.2" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Aug 13, 1975
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
ISBN 0395205034 ISBN13 9780395205037 UPC 046442205030
Availability 0 units.
More About Bernard Waber
Bernard Waber, who has written eight delightful books about Lyle the Crocodile, a little boy named Ira, and a firefly named Torchy, is the author of more than seventeen picture books for children. Widely praised by reviewers for his ability to describe common family problems, he is best loved by children for his freeflowing humor and gentle characters.
Reviews - What do customers think about Ira Sleeps Over?
Ghost story climax too scary. May 12, 2008
Not having read the book nor able to check it out from a library, I relied totally on reviewers 5 star comments when deciding to purchase this book. Just about 1/3 the way into the book my parental radar piqued at the conversation between Reggie and Ira concerning ghost stories, "scary, creepy, spooky ghost stories." To my sorrow, no mention or even allusion of this was in any of the reviews.
My youngest 3 children (two 5 year olds and a 7 year old) are from a culture that emphasizes ghosts, the boogie man, evil spirits, etc. in a demonic fashion. Prior to becoming part of our family, ghosts were used as a form of disciplne to terrorize them to comply and obey. Even after having them in our family for a year they still struggle with the memories of these demons. Since the ghost story is the climax in Ira Sleeps Over, I do not recommend this book.
I wish there were more than two Ira books Oct 1, 2007
These books are perfect. His ear for spoken language is dead-on. It's a joy to read aloud.
Sweet Bedtime Story Aug 14, 2007
This is one of the sweetest bedtime stories, getting kids ready for sleeping over with a reassuring message. Best of all, it features two little boys. There's not a lot of gentle message kids books out there that feature little boys.
Simply Delightful Jun 12, 2007
This is timeless kiddie lit story: Ira is invited to his first sleep over. Ira's older sister, however, casts doubt in Ira's mind. Will Reggie laugh because Ira sleeps with a teddy bear? Should he go with or without his beloved teddy? His parents are supportive and Ira makes his decision, only to change his mind once again.
Jim Trealease, of Read-Aloud fame, read this story, with appropriate voices to a group of teachers. I was so enchanted with it that later, when I taught high school, I asked permission of my seniors to tell them Ira Sleeps Over. They loved it!
Do You Like Being Laughed At? Mar 5, 2007
Every night Ira does the same thing. If others outside his family find out, he is afraid they will laugh at him or call him a baby. And just what does he do? He sleeps with a teddy bear.
Now, he really has a problem because his friend, Reggie, has invited him to sleepover at his house. Ira has NEVER slept without his teddy bear. Should he take it with him? His parents say yes, but his sister--who seems to be very sure of herself--tells Ira he'll be laughed at for sure. Ira is afraid he can't sleep without his teddy bear. Yet, he doesn't want to be thought of as a baby by Reggie either. What a problem! And what a good story. [A realistic fiction picture book suitable through the primary grades.]