The Flying Bed: Nancy Willard

The Flying Bed

Author: Nancy Willard
Illustrator: John Thompson
Publisher: Bluesky Press
Publication Year: 2007
Brief Summary: When a poor baker’s wife begs for a bed, he finds one in a peculiar shop for free.  The magical bed soon helps them reverse their fortune, but will Guido’s greediness ruin it all?
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2008 ; Bank Street College of Education ; Outstanding Merit
Kirkus Book Review Stars, January 15, 2007
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, January 15, 2007 ; Cahners

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Why do you think people keep returning the flying bed?  Why would the old woman give it away for free?  Would you want to keep it?
  • If you had a flying bed, where would you want it to take you?
  • What is the moral of the story?

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.   

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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