"It's challenging to talk to your child about self discipline. Sometimes it comes out in connection with exercising every day or not eating all of the Halloween candy in one night. This story is a great example of this concept in a way that children can relate. Ted's grandfather makes his bed perfectly every day, but Ted wants to know why when it is going to be messed up again later. His grandfather tells the story about his time in the military as a Navy Seal. His story and the reason why he made his bed perfectly, even after all of those years since he was a soldier, is a charming explanation. Even Ted has his own connection of self discipline and the positive feelings that go with it. I liked the questions at the end for the child, though they can easily be used as a springboard for conversation about self discipline and the feeling of accomplishment with your child. My daughter liked the connection that Ted had with his grandfather, especially since she just spent the day playing games with her grandmother. Grandparents are often the teachers of wisdom that children need in their life, but A.M. Marcus knows how to make this wisdom accessible when grandparents are not around." Rachel Horon said.
"I was glad when I got a copy of A Grand Bed Adventure for my daughter to read. Making bed is one of her chores and I like the way A.M. Marcus weaves a story that connects to mundane activities and interject a valuable lesson. It's something adults can also apply! Since making the bed routine happens every day, we are reminded of the lesson the story brings - everyday!" Gerlen Joy Orozco said.
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I was provided a copy of this children's book for consideration to provide an honest review.
This is the second children's book I have reviewed for this author.
A youngster, Ted, discovers his grandfather was a Navy Seal and learns how important, and rewarding, it is to learn to do even the smallest, least important jobs.
This well-illustrated 54-page book is a delightful, feel-good read aloud that most youngsters will enjoy with their parents.
Instead of an excerpt, I am attaching a photo taken of one page inside, early in this story.
Five stars out of five.
Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.
Thank you." Squeaky said.
"A Grand Bed Adventure: Developing Habits of Self Discipline for Children by A. M. Marcus is a very warm story about a boy and his grandfather. Curious about his grandfather's meticulous attention to detail when it comes to making his bed in the morning, he questions why it is so important, "you are just going to sleep in it and mess it up again!" His grandfather shares his experience as a soldier, explaining that sometimes, by doing the simplest things correctly, we feel successful. These simple successes are the building blocks that prepare us to do more challenging work, to take risks, and bolster us as we inevitably experience failure. A touching read with a positive message, just right for young children." samuel smithwick said.
"I really like that this story encourages kids (and adults!) to start the day out right with a small accomplishment, such as making one's bed. I have to admit this is a struggle for me, and I have not made my son make his bed. I think for me I care most about keeping the dishes and table clean. When I wake up to an empty sink and clear table, I automatically feel better about my day. I try to encourage my kids to put their coats, shoes and bags away for the same reason.
The thing I love even more about this book, though, is the precious relationship between the grandfather and grandson. They spend time together weekly and share life! The grandfather tells stories about his life, and the grandson listens. I think we are losing this important bond in American society, so it is refreshing to see this important role in a children's book. Research shows that the more positive relationships with adults a child has the better!" Jennifer Lee said.
"This is a warm and relatable story about Ted spending time with his grandfather and learning a valuable life lesson through the simple act of making his bed. It's a gentle way to reinforce the idea of taking pride in doing what we call chores in our family. I especially like the relationship between Ted and Grandpa - it mirrors my daughter and her grandmother. Besides stressing the importance of doing simple things like making a bed, it sets up the idea of sharing stories regularly between grandfather and grandson - an idea which I think is always good to remember. The illustrations offer a nice dash of visual action that is sure to appeal to boys and girls night after night." Lloyd W. Eastland said.
"This is a really cute book with a great message. I read it with my 6-year-old, and he ran to go make his bed up when we were finished! Loved it!" jennifer hadley said.
"Marcus presents a simple, easy to understand way of how to develop self discipline to young children. Doing one simple task the right way can make you feel good, which can lead to bigger, more important tasks. completing goals and being successful. This is great to remember throughout one's whole life." KayB said.