January Book of the Month

  • December was a time to reconnect with family and friends.    Most of us spent our days and nights cooking, and cleaning, shopping and wrapping – I’m exhausted just thinking about it!   January is when we get to relax, take a break,  refresh ourselves after a busy holiday season and take a nap on those cold, winter afternoons!!  The perfect book for this is The Napping House  by Audrey Wood. 

    This delightful cumulative tale has been a favorite with readers and listeners since its debut in 1984. I have always enjoyed reading this book to my own children as well as to my classes.  It has become a classic bedtime story.  It’s a story that takes place on a rainy afternoon.   Granny is snoring on the bed in a cozy room taking, I’m sure, a well-deserved nap.   A child crawls on top of her and dreams. Gradually, the pile increases with a dozing dog, a snoozing cat, a slumbering mouse and finally a wakeful flea who, by biting the mouse, sets off a chain of events which results in a broken pile and even a broken bed!  Each page repeats the action from the bottom up. The repeated phrases make Napping House ideal for beginning readers.

    The activities that I will be emailing you really allow you time to notice and focus on the words and pictures that Audrey and Don Wood used in this wonderful book.  Kids love looking for the flea hidden on the beginning pages!  It is not easy to find.  I’ll give you a hint – look on the chair!    

    As always, if you take a picture of your child or whole family reading the book please share it with me.  I would love to see it!! I have enjoyed all of the pictures that have been sent to me so far.   Please send it to me at zambellij@esmonline.org.  Happy reading and enjoy!

     The Napping House