January 16, 2014
Don’t Slam the Door by Dori Chaconas, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Don’t Slam the Door
by Dori Chaconas
by Dori Chaconas
illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Right now, we live in a house without a screen door closed by a spring, so my son has grown up without the constant yell – don’t slam the door!
Author Dori Chaconas adds a twist to this admonition. It isn’t Mom or Dad yelling, “Don’t slam the door” but our young narrator urging the dog to let the family’s troublesome feline sleep.
Of course, there wouldn’t be a story if the dog listened, so the door slams, the cat awakes and gets into mom’s yarn. From there Mom and Dad and even the bees and the cows on the farm are pulled into the story as one after the other fails to heed the warnings of our youthful story teller.
Finally, she has had enough and she puts her foot down. Bees and Bear, Mom and Dad, Cows and cat, everyone who helped makes the mess ends up cleaning things up. The story ends as our young friend settles down with the cat in Mom’s knitting chair. Certainly there’s time for a quick nap, if only the dog will leave without slamming the door…
I have to say that I’m really enjoying these newer cumulative tales. Unlike The House that Jack Built styled stories that were around when my son was young, these stories are still cumulative in that one event leads to the next until something happens that breaks the cycle. These newer stories are different because, although the story may still be cumulative, the text itself is less so without the lengthy repeated passages that I always dreaded having to read.
And this one has the added fun of the young narrator being the character who just needs a moment to unwind if only Mom and Dad and the animals will just keep it down. Anyone who has ever created a ruckus by slamming the screen door will smile that what a single slammed door leads to in this particular tale.