Language Patterns: Cumulative

The second language pattern is the cumulative pattern. The first book I want to share with the cumulative pattern is the Napping House.

In a cumulative pattern, the events are continually added. There is a house, a napping house, where everyone is sleeping. And in that house there is a bed, a cozy bed, in a napping house, where everyone is sleeping. And on that bed there is a granny, a snoring granny, on a cozy bed, in a napping house where everyone is sleeping.

 And on that granny, there is a child, a dreaming child, on a snoring granny, on a cozy bed, in a napping house where everyone is sleeping.

And on that child, there is a dog, so then we add the dog, and then we are going to add a cat,, and then we are going to add a mouse. Now you might think, “Oh, my! What’s going to happen?

If the cat saw a mouse, would she still be sleeping? Or snoozing? Well, they do continue. Until there is a flea. Can it be? A wakeful flea, on a slumbering mouse.It then goes ahead and lists them all again, but now something is going to happen.

What do you think is going to happen?

Right. The flea bites the mouse, who scares the cat, who claws the dog. They end up all getting off the bed. In fact, it breaks. The bed breaks. In the napping house where no one now is sleeping.

So, the events were added, and then one-by-one they were taken away.

Here, in another book, A Rose in My Garden. It starts out with one flower, a rose. This is the rose in my garden. This is the bee that sleeps on the rose in my garden. These are the hollyhocks high above the ground that give shade to bee, that sleeps on the rose in my garden.

In this book, we have plants being added, and they continue until we have a field mouse shaking in fear. Then, This is the cat that chases the field mouse shaking in fear. And again, it affects, in this case flowers, but they would be characters, and at the end it says it wakes up the bee on the rose in my garden. Then it’s back to this is the rose in my garden, as it started out.

The Napping House and A Rose in My Garden are examples of children's picture books that contain the cumulative pattern.