A fun twist on the traditional children’s song. A little boy is left on the farm while his parents go into town for the afternoon. Once they are gone, the farm animals take over the house. Pigs wearing dresses are in the parlor eating pancakes. Cows are in the kitchen making pancakes. Roosters are in the pantry and sheep in the bathtub. The boy wanders around from room to room picking up after the animals until he gets caught up in the fun, dancing around the house. And then he catches sight of the clock and realizes he has fifteen minutes to clean up. All the animals pitch in and they get the job done just in time. Most of the story is told in pictures. The lyrics are simple and just hint at the action; the pictures tell the full story.
This is Sophie’s current favorite book. She calls it “Skip a loo loo” We’ve been reading it several times a day; but it’s my favorite nap time book right now. I put it at the bottom of the pile and read it last. The singing lulls her toward sleep, making her much more amenable to being transferred from my lap to her bed. I make up my own verses about the pictures and drag out the song until I see her starting to nod, then we finish up the book and I continue to sing, making up a sort of going to bed song to the same tune. “Here’s Sophie’s blanket, skip to my lou. Here’s Sophie’s pillow, skip to my lou.”
Did you know you can sing a litany of saints to the tune of Skip to My Lou? Perhaps it’s not the most reverent litany in the world but it does the trick of sending my baby girl to sleep with a prayer when I’m afraid changing the tune I’m singing will jar her awake.