I Will Take a Nap! An Elephant & Piggie Book

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Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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So hysterical that kids will almost forget to hate nap time.

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Educational Value

Kids are reminded that naps help when you're tired and cranky and that dreams can be just as silly and fun as having a playdate with friends. Also, drawings of Elephant and Piggie offer exaggerated expressions, a good tool to help kids with social delays decipher what the characters are feeling. All kids may need a hand deciphering what's part of Elephant's dream and what's real.

Positive Messages

If you're cranky, take a nap; it will set your sleeping imagination free.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Elephant and Piggie are great friends. Elephant is able to tell his friend directly how he's feeling -- cranky -- and doesn't resist doing what he needs to do to feel better.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that I Will Take a Nap! is another fun installment in Mo Willems' award-winning Elephant & Piggie series. New readers and prereaders alike will enjoy the extreme silliness of this one after getting a quick reminder that naps help when you're cranky.

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What's the story?

Elephant is cranky and ready for a nap. Piggie says he'll nap, too. It's a fine idea, until Piggie's loud snoring starts. How's Elephant supposed to sleep through that? Or, worse, sleep through his friend Piggie floating by with a turnip for a head. Wait a minute ... a turnip for a head?!

Is it any good?

We guarantee that "I'm a floating turnip head" will be shouted through your house nonstop for at least a week after reading this hilarious book. Given the title -- I WILL TAKE A NAP! -- you're certainly expecting a reminder that napping is a great way to fight the kid crankies. You don't, however, expect Piggie to appear with a turnip for a head or that you'll have to be a cartoon detective to figure out exactly what part of the book is real.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about naps. Who in the family likes them? Who doesn't? Why do they help when you're feeling cranky?

  • When was Elephant dreaming, and when was he awake? What clues do you have?

  • Can you remember any very silly dreams you've had? Have you had any dreams where you were sure you were still awake?

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