- Beth Solka
The Napping House, by Audrey Wood, is full of beautiful illustrations, and there is wonderful repetition in the wording of the book. The sequencing is great for children because it creates a sense of anticipation and allows them to participate in reading the book. The story is about a grandma who has everyone in the house gently pile on top of her while she is asleep.The pile includes her grandson, the dog, the cat, the mouse and the mouse's flea.The book is charming as well as being calming and would be a great bedtime story for a child who needs help settling down.
When my children were little, they loved it when I read The Napping House because, with our three dogs and three cats, this was my life! They would laugh and say, “Granny is you!!” Then I would laugh and say “You got that right!”
Over Christmas, I house-sat for my sister-in-law, who has a 4,000-square-foot bed-and-breakfast in the middle of miles and miles of woods. They have seen deer walking outside their house, as well as raccoons, opossums, and bear. They also have a dog door so that their little Springer Spaniel named Oden can come and go outside as he pleases. Before they left, they instructed me to go to bed and leave Oden shut outside the bedroom. As they drove away I looked down at little Oden and said, “That won’t do. You are sleeping with me tonight.” Every night he would crawl up onto the bed and curl into a little ball beside me and happily sleep all night.
When my sister and brother-in-law came back I told them that Oden slept with me every night that they were gone. Their mouths flew open and their eye widened. My sister-in-law said, “You’ve got to be kidding!”
“No. I am not kidding," I replied. “He loved it! Oden didn’t make a peep all night.”
We are also the kind of people who, when we babysit, give the child lots of soda and candy and return the child in a sugar frenzy, laughing all the way home.