Phyllis Limbacher Tildes, author/illustrator
Phyllis Limbacher Tildes studied at Rhode Island School of Design, spending her senior year as a European Honor Student in Rome. After many years as a freelance graphic designer, Phyllis realized her dream of becoming an author and illustrator of children's books. Her works include Animals Black and White, and Baby Face Phyllis lives in Savannah, Georgia.
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Billy is growing up and out of his crib in this issue-specific story. The little tyke enjoys shopping with his parents for a new big-boy bed, but when it is installed in his room, he's very reluctant to move out of his crib. It's in his crib, after all, where he can play bus driver and pirate captain. But most of all, his crib is the reliable safe-haven where he and his six teddy bears cozy in for the night. As Billy grows into the idea his first step is to gradually move his teddy bears to the new, bigger bed. It isn't too long, however, before Billy himself makes the move. Throughout, Billy's parents have shown gentle patience in the face of Billy's ambivalence. They let him get used to the idea at his own pace. In a way that the words do not, Tildes's artwork will draw children in. They can't help but enjoy the array of teddy bears, each charmingly unique. Drawn with a loving hand, the watercolor illustrations are gentle and realistic; Billy's expressive face is adorable. This piece seems aimed at parents, instructing them on how best to deal with a child's reluctance to change. It lacks any real story power, and toddlers may find it less than engrossing--but those who can apply the bed scenario to other life challenges will relate with Billy as he finds that growing up can be daunting.
School Library Journal
This pleasant story introduces one of the first major milestones in a child's life. Billy is growing out of his crib, which he shares with a large collection of stuffed bears. He and his parents visit a furniture store where the boy enjoys bouncing and rolling on an array of mattresses. However, when a new, bright-red bed is delivered and set up in his room, he ignores it and chooses the familiar comfort of his crib. His parents wisely allow him to adapt gradually to the bed--he uses it to display his bears and for nighttime stories, but continues to sleep in his cozy crib. After a dream of growing too large for it, Billy decides he is ready for the roomy new bed. Clear watercolors depict a happy youngster and his patient parents. The sweet watercolor illustrations, worked in cheerful primary colors, tell the story well even without the words.
Page count: 32
8 x 10