Friday, January 11, 2013

Picture Book Friday - A Nap in a Lap

I have been busy editing a PB I have written. And I am finding out how each little word can make a difference! It is hard work, but worth the effort to make a good manuscript better. I love the word choices the author made in this picture book.

A Nap in a Lap
by Sarah Wilson
Illustrated by Akemi Gutierrez
Scholastic 2003

Suitable for Preschoolers

Topic: Bedtime story

Various excerpts from book:
It's easy to nap
hugged in a tree
and surrounded by green
or nestled on rocks
or snoozled in sand dunes

Synopsis: this is a cute bedtime story. A little girl is shown throughout the book with various animals in their napping places. All tired out in the end, she found that the best nap for her . . . is a nap in a lap!

I like this book because of the illustrations and simplicity of it for the little ones. I love the author's word choices for each scene.

You should read a bedtime story in a relaxed atmosphere. When possible add dramatization to the story, using different voices. Reading the same story over and over will enhance their memory and help them become familiar with words.

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Posted by Janet F. Smart on Creative Writing in the Blackberry Patch.


  1. I may need this as an instructional manual for my toddler as he's resisting naps.

  2. The front cover is very appealing.

  3. Love the cover! And the word "snoozled" - talk about great word choice (and invention :)) Thanks so much for sharing this, Janet!

  4. Ditto on the cute cover - sounds like one for me!

  5. Lovely rhyming book that may help little ones nap. Very creative idea. Great cover!

  6. I don't write much short work, but one of the things I love about doing so is the challenge of making every word necessary and just the right word.

  7. This looks like a cute book. Then again, I'm partial to books with animals. :)

  8. There can never be enough books encouraging little ones to love their naps!

    Great PPBF choice!

    - Cathy Mealey

  9. This does look like a cute book! And possibly very useful. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I think I would like to study the language in this one, too. Sounds like a great example of making every word count!

  11. I love naps and this book sounds adorable. Words play and choice is so important- especially in PBs. :)


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