Pros: Beautiful illustrations (as usual), cute, simple story
Cons: Absolutely nothing
The Bottom Line: Let this book aid you and your child in a nap, or read it during storytime.
We're all familiar with those days; those rainy days when you want nothing more than to take a nice, cozy nap. Audrey and Don Wood have once again produced a fantastic book, The Napping House, perfect for those days as it will entice you and your children, too, to take a warm, cuddly nap. Even when it isn't a "napping day," this book is a perfect, short read.
There is a house, a napping house, where everyone is sleeping.
On this rainy day, in this napping house, there is a granny, sleeping comfortably on the bed (though it looks a bit small for her) and little by little, Granny is joined by a child, a dog, and a few other sleepy fellows. Of course, all naps must end, as well as all rainy days...
The Woods have kindly given us The Napping House; another wonderfully written, fascinatingly illustrated book to pore (happily) over. This story is very simple, yet interesting and fun, too. This story is a build-up story, and the first page starts very simply, stating that there is a napping house, where everyone is sleeping. Each page adds another line and increases your curiosity... "What is this all leading to?" The Napping House is perfect to read to your child, letting them repeat you to help pronunciation and reading skills. It also is important to introduce to children to different writing styles, like the flow-ey, poetic style in this book. This style can help lull your child to sleep, but can also help aid in reading comprehension (as the beautiful illustrations will!).
The illustrations are fun, detailed, and life-like to keep the child's eyes busy, and I could spend hours with these pictures by myself. Each picture features the bed with its current sleepers (often in new positions), and the rest of Granny's room with the other soon-to-be -or- former bed-occupants. I remember trying to figure out who was going to creep into the bed next as a child; I'd scanning each page to see which sleepy-head it would be. On each page, the lighting grows subtly brighter, making you wonder what is going to come next. At the end of the book, the brilliant sunshine emerges from the rainy day and you will enjoy the vibrant colors in the last illustrations.
The Napping House is wonderful for a bedtime/naptime story, or just for a fun, short anytime story. I loved having my mother read it to me at night, building suspense with her voice, and I later learned to enjoy reading it for myself as I grew a bit older. Let your children enjoy this book with you... or sneak it for yourself :)
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