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No jumping on the bed! by Tedd Arnold

No jumping on the bed! (edition 2004)

by Tedd Arnold

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Title:No jumping on the bed!
Authors:Tedd Arnold
Info:New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c2004.
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No Jumping on the Bed! by Tedd Arnold



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I love this book for predicting what will happen next. Think alouds are great to use with this book because it helps with comprehension and finding out what the author wants us to find out next.
  KayceBivins | Apr 30, 2014 |
This story is about a young boy who repeatedly jumps on his bed after his father stresses the importance not to do so because the chance of crashing through the floor was very high. With its simple story line young readers are able to keep up with the rhyming text. The vibrant color illustrations are very detailed and cartoon like. The underlying message one can take away from reading this book, is no matter what other children’s parents allow them to do, there is a reason for your own parents not allowing you to do so. Tedd Arnold is both the author and illustrator of thos book. He has written over 50 books along with winning the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor.
  yazmeen | Dec 16, 2012 |
Walter's father tells him not to jump on the bed, but when he hears the boy above him doing it, Walter thinks it's only fair if he gets to jump, too! But his jumping send him, and his bed too, crashing down through floor after floor of other apartments. Down they all go, all the way to the basement, picking up spaghetti and fish and stamps and paint and instruments as well as people along the way.
Despite the book's age, the soft, rounded illustrations have remained, for the most part, timely. The only thing that might strike young readers is the size of the tv - small and boxy with an antennae, it's clearly a product of the late 80s, when the tale was first publish. A twist on a bedtime warning very familiar to most children, this cyclical story provides lots of laughs, particularly as Walter remains composed - and polite - through the whole ordeal. ( )
  rjmoir | Dec 5, 2012 |
No Jumping on the Bed is about a young boy who dreams about falling several stories down through all his neighbor's nightly activities when he jumps on his bed. This book is good for early to middle elementary aged students. No Jumping on the Bed has some challenging words for kids to learn to read and understand, and it also subtly teaches a lesson of listening to your parents, both of which make it a great story time book for teaching!
  EmilyPhilips | Sep 23, 2012 |

We are introduced to Walter, who lives on the top floor of his tall apartment building, as he is getting ready for bed. In walks his father to remind him that he is not to jump on his bed, in fear that eventually it will fall through the floor. As Walter tries to fall asleep, he can hear a thumping from upstairs. He thinks it is his neighbor Delbert jumping on his bed. With that though, Walter turns on his lamp and decides to jump on his bed. He jumped higher and higher until suddenly the floor gave and the bed fell through. Instead of the bed getting stuck or stopping, it falls through Miss Hattie's dining room, which was located under Walter's bedroom. The bed continues to crash through to the next floor and ends up taking Walter and Miss Hattie down through Mr. Matty's TV room. The bed proceeds to fall further down, taking Walter, Miss Hattie, and Mr. Matty into Walter's Aunt Batty's living room. They all continue to fall and go through to Patty and Natty's bedroom, where they have been working for three days to build a house with blocks. As this very large group crashes through their ceiling, they take the girls with them on down into Mr. Hanratty's art studio. Down they all continued into Maestro Ferlingatti's house where he was practicing with his string quartet. They pass through his home down to the basement, where it is dark and quiet. Walter closes his eyes and falls once more until he realizes he is waking from a dream. He goes back to sleep, but only to hear a creak in his ceiling, and to see Delbert coming through.

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Again, this is a book that I have read to both of my children for years. I love the illustrations, and how they build from an open bedroom with a boy and his bed and each page fills up with more people and the items from their homes, until you have a full page filled with everyone in the story. Movement is shown by the the people coming through the top of the page and sequentially going to the bottom ending with Walter. I also enjoy this book because the names all rhyme and are unusal.

Classroom Extensions:

Cause and Effect is a great concept to teach here. You can use it based on behavioral cause and effect, or use it as a precursor to a science module.
I would have the class work as a unit to write and illustrate our own cumulative tale.
This can also be used within a social studies modul about population and different living environments; houses, apartments, duplexs, etc.
This could also be used as a compare/contrast from living in a rural community versus living in an urban community. ( )
  jenniferatkinson | Sep 9, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 014055839X, Paperback)

Walter lives near the top floor of a tall apartment building, where one night his habit of jumping on his bed leads to a tumultuous fall through floor after floor, collecting occupants all the way down. Reprint. SLJ. PW.

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Walter lives near the top floor of a tall apartment building, where one night his habit of jumping on his bed leads to a tumultous fall through floor after floor, collecting occupants all the way down.

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