The Napping House

The Napping House

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Delightful cumulative rhyme leads up to the consequences of piling too many sleepy people and animals in a cozy bed. “Don Wood’s paintings endow Audrey’s familiar plot with beauty and newness, conveying atmosphere as well as illustrating the story.”--Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152567088
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 05/04/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 16,718
Product dimensions: 9.32(w) x 10.22(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Audrey Wood is the author of many beloved books for children, including the bestselling classic The Napping House, its companion The Full Moon at the Napping House, Caldecott Honor Book King Bidgood's in the BathtubHeckedy Peg, Piggies, and Piggy Pie Po, all of which were illustrated by her husband, Don Wood. The Woods divide their time between California and Hawaii.

Don Wood is the illustrator of many beloved books for children, including the bestselling classic The Napping House, its companion The Full Moon at the Napping House, Caldecott Honor Book King Bidgood's in the BathtubHeckedy Peg, Piggies, and Piggy Pie Po, all of which were written by his wife, Audrey Wood. The Woods divide their time between California and Hawaii.

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star "An appealing, stylish book that is perfect for story hours."—Booklist

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The Napping House 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Future_K_Teacher More than 1 year ago
This book can be used in ways besides just reading aloud - it can be used for math lessons as well! The illustrations are a little dark and creepy, in my opinion, but well done and provide a little humor as the characters all pile into the bed for a nap, one on top of the other.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Five sleepy-heads having a good sleep, then comes along number 6 and all heck breaks loose. What a creative tale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This predictable book is great for emergent readers. The illustrations hold the readers attention throughout the lively story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love this book. The beautiful pictures and predictable story are perfect for little people learning to read and enjoy books. My nephews were given this book by me and my child now has it as well. Wonderful, simple book to add to your home library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Napping House continues to be everyone's favorite in our house! With it's rhyming paragraphs, little children can learn the words, quickly. Encouraging them to love reading by 'reading' this book to you. Along with the reading, you can spend time finding where all the little creatures have moved in the room before it is even time for them to jump on Granny's bed! The illustrations can't be beat! They are as beautiful as a fine piece of art! This will be a family favorite!! Add this book to your family's library today!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter bought this book for her neice when she was born. It has been her all time favorite book. She's five now and enjoys it as much as she did the first time she heard it. Have bought a copy of this book for everyone I know who had been pregnant since. They have all said how much they enjoy this book too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book almost as much as my three year old does! It's beautifully illustrated and the story is wonderfully clever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a delightful tale giving examples of mood and action. The story is exciting and the illustrations are right on target. The style of the writing (the rhyme scheme used) and illustrations (watercolors) renders the book adorable by any reader of any age.
ReadAloudDenver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story of a granny, boy, dog and cat who all nap on a cozy bed "in a napping house, where everyone is sleeping." The repetition on each page as the characters are added to the bed help develop narrative skills as children predict what comes next in a story. This book also helps build up vocabulary with synonyms for sleeping. The illustrations in this book are very fun!
mistywood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Napping House is a beautifully illustrated story that begins with the rain, a house, a child, and a sleeping granny. As the story progresses through each page, the entire household of characters joins the child and the sleeping granny for a nap. After everyone has finally settled down, the smallest little thing sets the whole household into a hilarious uproar. This story has repeating rhymes that even the youngest listener can quickly pick up and learn.This is one of my favorite books. The rhythm of the rhymes and the colors used in the illustrations draws and keeps the attention of all readers/listeners. This is a favorite in our classroom, as it is requested over and over again.An extension activity that I have used after reading this book is to have the children write and illustrate their own story about their grandparents/family. I provide heavy white construction paper and paint. After the children paint a series of pictures (# depending on age), I write down exactly what they say. Then we bind the pages together to make their own book, which we add to our classroom library for all to share. Another extension activity is brainstorming more rhyming words that we heard in the story, and making up other silly sentences/stories.
crystalr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
THis is one of my favorite chidrens books. Its funny and entertaining. It allows the children to interact with the reading as well
shellsie88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Napping House is about a whole set of sleepy characters piling on top of a snoring granny until a wakeful flea breaks off the chain by biting a mouse; which ultimately causes the cozy bed to break and waking up everyone. Excellent book to read to young children (4 year olds) and it has detailed dreamy/funny/peaceful/cool blue tone illustrations. This book always made my class burst into laughter so I highly recommend it to parents/teachers.
emilyrich2002 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very cute story for young children. The illustrations are amazing.
alyssabuzbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautifully illustrated book telling of a peaceful house where everyone piles into granny's bed for a nap.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This picture book makes a charming bedtime story. The Napping House is a cumulative tale about a boy, a grandma, and a whole lot of animals on a sleepy day. The story starts with "a house, a napping house, where everyone is sleeping" and gradually adds sentence after sentence to introduce the bed, the grandma, the boy, the dog and the cat and the mouse. The pictures are blues and grays and other muted colors, as rain falls outside, creating an atmosphere suited to the story. Everyone is tired, and stumbles to the bed where they fall asleep, one at a time, and the text builds up with each picture. Until the flea comes along - a wakeful flea - and changes everything. The flea bites the mouse, who wakes the cat, who wakes the dog, and so forth. As everyone awakens in reverse order the pages become saturated with more color, until the final layouts burst upon us with brilliant rainbow colors. The story remains repetitive, but the cumulative effect is gone and replaced with simple sentences, ending with that great line of "in the napping house, where no one now is sleeping." The story is quite simple, but when a picture book is simple and well written, with appealing illustrations that nicely support the text and provide extra detail to discover, then the author has created really quality children's literature. This story is a staple in the picture book world for a reason; it's a joy to read to our daughters.
kperk12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is more of a Kindergarten or First grade book that is very interesting. It keeps children drawn into the story line by building on each page. You almost feel as if you are in the napping house with this group of people and animals!The plot keeps building and building until it all comes unravelling in the end. Overall it is a very funny, interesting and attention catching book.
DanielleSt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The napping house is a book that familiarizes young readers with patterns and pattern reversals. It's about various members that live in a house and nap together, and how their nap comes to an abrupt end!
agwood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Such the cutest book ever! Great for beginning readers! The whole book is repeating itself the whole time, so it is easy for children to guess what is coming. Also, the characters in the book are what children can relate too. The story is about a house were everyone only sleeps and it goes on it say the granny sleeps on this bed, then the child joins, then the dog, then the cat, then the mouse, and then the flea. And without the flea the whole house would sleep forever more than likely, but the flea wakes up the cat who wakes the dog and so on and so on. Children could relate to this and follow along so easliy. At they have rhyming games for kids which will also help them with reading.
kmsmith13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is incredibly cute and a majority of elementary school students would think it was hilarious. It is about a house where everyone is sleeping until one little thing goes wrong and everyone wakes up. There is a lot of repetition in the story and very colorful, cute pictures. I would recommend this story to younger elementary school students around kindergarten or first grade.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The storyline runs the same as those classics of children's literature and song - "This is the house that Jack Built", "I knew an old lady who swallowed a fly", "The green grass grows all around", where you add one element on to the verse and recite the whole list each time around. It's especially fun when you go into absurdities - could the granny really support that much weight?The artwork is wonderful. You start off with bland, dark, grey colors, which gradually become brighter once the flea bites the mouse. And (to my joy) you can see the flea and mouse in every picture except the first, which only shows the house. It's... good. I could go on, but then I'll start to babble.
KristinSpecht on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I would put this book under the friends and family theme in pathways. It could be very effective in writing a story that builds on itself page by page. There is also repetition and rhyme. It is a good read-aloud humorous children's book about cause and effect. Students could learn about rhyme and how to use illustrations to make a story interesting (hiding tidbits on each page). Students could use the house theme and tells what goes on in a scary house, funny house, silly house, etc. or they could write about the building something. In order to effectively build something you need to start with the raw materials and slowly add more and more until it is complete.
mayalanda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is cute, but I would suggest a larger version of this book instead of just a small board book. It's hard to see the illustrations. Ali loves the picture of the cat getting scared. The repeditive text, and continual motion of the people and animals work very well together.
eviltammy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful cumulative story enhanced by fun illustrations and a great use of color. Great read-aloud.
casalady More than 1 year ago
This is a charming book seeking the flea on every page and following its journey. Keeps the child's attention for sure. Highly recommend this book and don't forget to find the flea on the gate post at the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave copies over the years to each of my grandchildren!