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The Baby Beebee Bird
It's night time at the zoo, and all the animals are wide awake. The new baby beebee bird is keeping everyone up with his happy night song. Will they ever get some sleep?
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 29th 2003 by HarperCollins
(first published 1963)
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There’s a new addition to the zoo: a baby beebee bird, who likes to stay awake at night when the rest of the zoo wants to sleep. The baby beebee bird keeps the other animals up with his incessant “beebeebobbibobbis”, before settling down to snooze when the sun comes up. The animals can’t take it! They hatch a plan to give the baby beebee bird a taste of his own medicine. They “beebeebobbibobbi” all day to interrupt the baby beebee bird’s sleep, making for a very cranky bird who gives in a decide ...more
The baby beebee bird is a new addition to the zoo...and the other animals are annoyed! But why? The little beebee bird is so small and cute! The very first night of the beebee bird's stay, he is up all night singing his song. "Beebee bobbi bobbi! Beebee bobbi bobbi!" Will the other zoo animals ever get some sleep? All the zoo animals, from the lion to the giraffe, hatch a plan to make the beebee bird stop singing at night. With pictures by one of my favorite illustrators, Steven Kellogg, this bo ...more
Always a good read for a first grade class, provided the reader is in good voice and the class is not too rambunctious. The constant "noise" of "beebee bobbi" throughout the story can get a little wearing for adults, but is generally hysterical for the kids. It probably would also work well as a book to work out some restless energy before a child winds down for bed, followed up by a calmer book. The concept is amusing and one even a young child will get--making lots of noise at night when other ...more
Jul 05, 2008 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
I hope no one combines this edition with the one illustrated by Steven Kellogg. This is the original story with the original pictures that my mother used to read to my niece whenever she stayed overnight. I used to listen too, because I enjoyed the story so much. Later, I used it with great success in story times, having a ball making the baby beebee bird's call. A few years ago it came out with new illustrations by Steven Kellogg, which are fine, but I like this version best.
*squeaking* beebeebibbibobbi! This book is so precious ... in the 24 hours since i acquired it from a 10 cent bin at a thrift shop i have inflicted this book on everyone i know lol ... and have not failed to delight. The artwork is so perfectly quirky ... the story simplistic, yet SO fun ... i cannot wait to discover more of Diane Redfield Massey's creations : ) Heck! I'd like to live in a Diane Redfield Massey world!
Definitely a go-to book for animal-themed storytimes - there are a lot of opportunities for kids to join in with roars, "beebees," elephant trumpets, etc.; great illustrations; a simple story; and opportunities to make the story come alive with puppets. Somewhat exhausting though - so best to end with this one rather than start with it!
This is a book for children that like to make animal noises- and silly ones at that! The new baby beebee bird at the zoo keeps all the other animals up one night with his singing, and they must hatch a plan to get him to sing during the day and sleep at night. While the illustrations aren't as wonderful as the story itself, the animals are nicely done and this is a fun read for bedtime.
This was a HUGE hit with my K-2 students. It really lends itself to lots of creative voices for the animal characters. Also, if you have a fidgety group that likes to chat more than listen during story time, you can let them make the animal noises at different points of the book (this came in really handy!). Also, it syncs well with the Kindergarten weekly letter unit on the letter B.
Jun 06, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing
wonderful book to share with preschooler and elementary. If they have a younger sibling or know a newborn, they can relate to having someone keeping them up at night. It's great to have the kids participating in the baby beebee bird's song..
Awesome! Glad I read this one on a Friday as the kids couldn't stop chanting "beebeebobbibobbi" for the rest of the day. They can take that home to their parents and hopefully forget it over the weekend. :)
Aug 01, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes kids' books
Wow! Thank goodness for Weekly Reader Children's Book Club! This was at the top of my list as a child. I loved having my mom read to me the silly way this bird would sing. I *highly* recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good, silly children's book.
I liked the idea of this, but thought it kind of got old fast. Still, the illustrations are pretty cute, and, like I said, the idea is funny. And there are lots of animal noises in it, which are always fun for preschoolers.
My kids loved it! It's a great opportunity for the teacher-as-reader to get silly imitating the Beebee bird as well, and to encourage them to participate. For older kids this book could be the launch pad for science discussions regarding animal sleeping habits.
Nov 22, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a sweet and lyrical story to read with younger children at bedtime. The narrative is fun to read aloud, and the baby Beebee bird is adorable. Our girls loved imitating his sounds (a little too much!) and we all enjoyed reading this book together.
This was my absolute favorite book when I was a child. My grandpa used to read it to me all the time before he died and I still have the copy that he read to me. It is a great book for young children who can't read and great for those learning to read too.