PPBF: Ira Sleeps Over

IRAcoverAuthor/Illustrator: Bernard Waber
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, 1972, reissue 2000
Ages: 4-7yrs
Themes: teddy bears, sleepovers, family, humiliation
Opening: I was invited to sleep at Regges’s house. Was I happy! I had never slept at a friend’s house before.
Summary: (from my library catalog) A little boy is excited at the prospect of spending the night at his friend’s house but worries how he’ll get along without his teddy bear.

IRA1I like this book because: I am transported not to the memory of a book I probably read as a 6yr old, but to my life as a 6yr old and the exhilarating anticipation of having been invited to sleep over a friend’s house. The illustrations enliven the memories and emotions, even the rustling breeze and dappling light through the deciduous trees surrounding our Levitt homes. Sigh.

IRA2Resources/activities: teacher’s guide -click HERE; invite students to bring in a favorite stuffed animal/toy for a group nap in the classroom.

IRA3PPBF is still on summer break, but for existing PPBF selections, including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE


20 thoughts on “PPBF: Ira Sleeps Over

  1. Such a sweet story! Love the illustrations. We had to deal with this issue recently. My son ended up hiding his lovey in his back just in case of an emergency. Great review, Julie!


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