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Ten In The Bed

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  437 ratings  ·  58 reviews
There were ten in the bed and the little one said Roll over, roll over! But who were the ten? And what happened to them all after they rolled out of bed? All is revealed in this bedtime tale featuring a small child and an assortment of soft toys.
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Published July 1st 1998 by Not Avail (first published January 1st 1988)
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Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
A familiar rhyme where the ‘little one says roll over’. The little one in this version shares the bed with nine cuddly toys. As each cuddly toy falls out the bed, they join in in getting up to all sorts of mischief throughout the house. This is done through illustrations as the words of the book simply recite the rhyme. It does end slightly different to the classic version in that the ‘little one’ is a little bit cold without the other nine so they all jump back into bed to go to sleep. This ver ...more
Happy, happy memories for me of reading this book to my boys when they were toddlers :-)

Obviously, one to be read whilst snuggled up in bed. The words are easily learned and followed, but it's the illustrations which really make this such a magical book. Lots of expression, emotion and little things going on in the corners and edges to find and talk about.

We haven't kept all of the children's early-years books, but this one has a treasured place on our bookshelves and in our hearts.
Christine Meunier
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A delightful tale that is easy for kids to follow.
Dec 04, 2017 added it
Het is een leuk kinderboek om voor te lezen aan kleuters. Het is niet echt een heel diep gaant verhaal en het is ook niet heel origineel. Er bestaan al een hele hoop verhalen en liedjes met precies dezelfde context. Dat neemt niet weg dat het een leuk boek is, de illustratie's zijn leuk en daarnaast ook nog uitdagend tot vragen. Want als er een paar dieren uit bed zijn gevallen dan gaan hun naar de keuken om koekjes en melk te pakken. Dit is iets waar je met je klas op in zou kunnen gaan. Eerst ...more
Anouschka Fernander
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is based on the popular song with the same title. The difference is that each time an animal is named and they fall out of the bed with different sounds, making this a really good book to read to an Early Years class as they can all join in. In the end the little one is lonely and wants all the animals to come back. The book is beautifully illustrated and is a delight to read to the class!

The children could also count backwards from 10 which I think is really good for practising number
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ten in the Bed is a brilliant short story for the very young and the old alike. It reminds me of my childhood and when i read it at a very young age. It is a fun book to read. It is about a little child who is ready for bed and sleeps with 9 other animals, but before they sleep the little child pushes the animals off the bed one by one. The text is written in a way that you can sing along to it and has a bit of a rhyme which helps the children keep track of the story and they end up knowing the ...more
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A charming short story book based on the traditional nursery rhyme with a very clever and subtle variation. The author creates 9 stuffed animals and one little boy in a cramped bed. On each page, they all roll over and one of the stuffed animals falls out. On the last page, all the animals jump back into bed.
This is a compelling sing-song cumulative countdown storybook, and it’s marvellous use of alliteration and repetitive text accompanied by the whimsical warm illustrations in soft coloured to
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This version of 'Ten In The Bed' story is about a little boy having nine animals and one teddy sleeping in one bed. They all roll out of bed one by one and in the end the boy get's lonely and the animals and his teddy get back into bed. It is a subtle version of the nursery song Roll Over, Roll Over. This book would be good for reception and year one children as it is visually pleasing and easy to interpret what actions the characters are doing. The text is also set out very much like the song i ...more
Victoria Leininger-halpern
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book and have for as long as I can remember, it always made me laugh as a child and gives me nostalgia now as an adult. While formulaic in structure, the writing in this book is simplistic yet humorous and relateable to any child who has maybe one too many stuffed animals.

The drawings in this book are simple, yet perfect to go along with the story, and the personality the illustrator gave to each animal is a very nice touch to the story. I recommend this book to children
Little David
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book that I inherited from my mother! It's perfect for reinforcing memorization.
Laurie Brumbaugh
I really like this version of the classic rhyme/song. The illustrations are nice, and I like how different animals are used. So instead of "They all rolled over and one fell out," it's "They all rolled over and Zebra fell out," and so on.

The modified ending is really cute as well, when "the little one" is cold and lonely, and all the animals jump back in the bed. So cute! I think this would be so much fun to use in a baby/toddler or preschool storytime with either puppets or flannel board animal
Geenie Edan
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
There were ten in the bed and the little one said: "roll over, roll over!"
Oh, the joy this simple book gave me and still gives me over and over again. Even the story is a little repetitive and you can easily guess what will happen... spoiler everyone but the little one falls out, this little rhythm takes a new twist. Each time one of the little ones soft dollies falls out so begins their adventure of midnight snacks and mischief. Follow the detailed illustrations of the ten in the bed...
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-book
A subtle variation on the traditional nursery song illustrated with wonderfully warm pictures which are crammed with amusing details.

A nice bedtime story for young children to teach them about importance of sharing and friendship.
Michelle Turnure
Cute little book about a little boy playing with his stuffed animals. Each one of the stuff animals keep falling off the bed. Page by page you count how many were in the bed and then one falls off. The illustrations are sweet. It's not a story though I will end up reading over and over to my kid.
Hiba Yuki
We've always loved the rhymes, so this was delightful to read.
Nicole Wright
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
My boys absolutely love this story. Got this out from the library and they haven’t put it down since they got. Lovely story that gets your child engaged in the story and helps his speech.
Jenna Mills
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun take on the song
Allison Hunt
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
In this beautifully illustrated picture book, author/illustrator Penny Dale brings to life the classic children's rhyme of "Ten in the Bed."She even puts her own little twist on it, by giving a name and a character to each one to fall out of the bed;they're the little ones stuffed animals! This makes the rhyme so much more relatable, you can almost envision a real little kid reenacting this tale for fun in his or her own bedroom. The author also puts a little twist on the end as well, but I won' ...more
Lisa Rathbun
My two year old loves this. I have to read it to her every night. The bedroom is illustrated in soft tones, but the stuffed animals are all easily seen. As the numbers count down, the scenes enlarges so the reader can see the kitchen next to the bedroom as the animals goof off getting bread and milk until the little one is lonely and calls them all back to join him in the big bed. And here is one of my issues with the book: Where are the parents? Why is the child sleeping in a big bed with a fir ...more
Dec 03, 2013 added it
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This is a wonderful story about a little child and his nine nursery animals. The ten of them were trying to get comfortable to go to sleep but the little one kept on telling all the stuffed animals to “roll over, roll over”. Eventually all of the stuffed animals fell out of the bed by making some sort of noise until only the little one was left. When the little one was the only one left he said “I’m cold, I miss you”. The stuffed animals climbed into the bed once again and they all went to sleep ...more
Fatma Bodhee
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
There are various versions of this book. There are nine animals in a bed with the little one. The book starts off with:

"There were ten in the bed and the little one said, 'Roll over, roll over!' So they all rolled over and Hedgehog fell out... BUMP!"
"There were nine in the bed...."

In the end, the little one is lonely and all the animals jumps back into bed.

This book is great fun to read with young children as each time an animal falls out, they make different sounds that children can join in wi
Molly Robbins
This book is especially fun to do with late Kindergarten or early First grade to get them working with their simple subtraction skills. The book talks about a little boy who has 10 stuffed animals in the bed and with each page, one falls off (you subtract 1 from each number). On each page it has a little tune that goes with it that says, there were 10 in the bed and the little one said, "roll over, roll over!" At the end of the book they all end up back in the bed. A fun hands on activity to do ...more
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is Violet's favorite book we've gotten from the library (she's almost 4 months old) - she looks over at me and smiles every time a stuffed animal falls out of bed and I read the sound it makes. The only reason I took off a star is that there's an inconsistency that bothers me probably more than it should. On the second to last page, the author lists all of the animals who are getting back into bed, but she includes the little one, who never got out of bed (and has just said "I'm lonely" and ...more
Lynanne Carroll
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Delightful--would be great for bed time! I was really surprised when I started reading this to some of the children at the daycare I work at because I expected it to be a generic (albeit fun) sing-song book...but it's actually pretty entertaining for adults, too. There are all kinds of sounds that you can play around with (and teach your children onomatopoeia at the same time!), the 'ten in the bed' including 'the little one' doubles as a good "where's..." game, and the animals are creative (por ...more
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: board-books, library
I don't know, my edition the illistration was sub-par. The basic concept of the book is fine for counting, but there are so many better ones out there! You can sort of work on the childs animals if you try. Why does a kid have that big of a bed? are these stuffed animals or are they real animals? should a zebra really be sleeping in their bed if it's not stuffed? Not my fav. at all. Seems like a little kid who just keeps kicking things off his bed without caring about the consequences and being ...more
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book involves one little child, nine nursery animals, an enormous bed.
With ten in the bed, it's a bit of a squeeze! Roll over, roll over! But the little one gets cold all alone, and soon all ten are snuggled up and fast asleep. This bedtime rhyme is for perfect for young children. However I used this story with an SEN class, and they thoroughly enjoyed signing along, and were all kept actively engaged whilst the story was read.
Starsha Vang
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ed-310
This book is a great read. It is very predictable. Each time someone falls out of the bed there is a different sound that is made. For some this is the best part. This is also a song, if you like you could sing the book the children and they would love that. I have read this book many times and who ever I read it too always likes to sing along. I would recommend this book to younger children. They would have more fun with the song.
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A young boy goes to sleep with ten of his closest friends--his stuffed animals. As he settles in for the night he tells them to roll over to create more room. One by one his friends fall to the floor and at last the little boy is alone in his bed... but now he is lonley. This is a quick read for kids and is great for bedtime.
Mary Parker
Far from being my favorite, "Ten in the Bed" is a book about a young toddler who slept with his ten of his stuffed animals in his bed and ended up rolling them all out of the bed until only he was left. Although this book would be okay for a child who is trying to learn to count, I wouldn't recommend it.
Michael Scourey
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I remember my mother reading this book to my little brother and me when we were very little. For whatever reason this book as stayed in my memory since way back then. It reads to the tune of "Ten in the Bed" with a little boy asking his stuffed animals to roll over onto the ground. Very fun book and would be great for a kindergarten classroom.
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Penny Dale was born in Abbey Road near The Beatles' Studio, but grew up in Ottery St Mary. Her first school was so small that all the children were in one classroom, and even that wasn't full. She drew and made things all the time and her dad showed her how to use a hammer properly, something she's still proud of. She made plasticine models of everything she could think of. When Penny was very sma ...more
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