Cumulative Tales

    • Move Over, Rover!
      Karen Beaumont

      When a storm comes, Rover expects to have his doghouse all to himself but finds that various other animals, including a skunk, come to join him. It's raining cats and dogs! Good thing Roveris snuggled safe and dry inside his doghouse--until, one by one, a soggy menagerie of creatures shows up looking for a cozy place to sit out the storm. But who's the very unwelcome surprise visitor? Skunk, of course. Suddenly that doghouse isn't quite so crowded after all!

    • I Know an Old Teacher
      Anne Bowen

      In this take on the well-known cumulative rhyme, a teacher inadvertently swallows a flea, then follows it with an assortment of classroom pets while her students look on in surprise.

    • There Was an Old Monster
      Rebecca Emberley

      In this variation on the traditional cumulative rhyme, a monster swallows ants, a lizard, a bat, and other creatures to try to cure a stomach ache than began when he swallowed a tick.

    • Fat Cat
      Margaret Read MacDonald

      A greedy cat grows enormous as he eats everything in sight, including his friends and neighbors who call him fat.

    • Baby Says Moo
      JoAnn Early Macken

      A cumulative, rhyming tale of a baby who sees many animals while out with her family, only one of which makes her favorite sound.

    • The Bicklebys' Bird Bath
      Andrea Perry

      A cumulative rhyme in the style of "The House That Jack Built," describing the antics that occur when a girl with a long leaky hose squirts a flock of curious crows.

    • The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred
      Samantha R. Vamos

      A cumulative tale of a farm maiden who, aided by a group of animals, prepares "Arroz con Leche," or rice pudding. Includes recipe and glossary of the Spanish words that are woven throughout the text. A tribute to the classic nursery rhyme "The House that Jack Built".

    • The Napping House
      Audrey Wood

      In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, with just one bite.