658. Naptime or Not?: a bedtime story and relaxation for kids

It’s a beautiful day at the Ahway Island Cove and Oceana Sea Otter wants to play! But all the other otters are napping. Should Oceana wake them up…or not?

Narrator: Male

Story Begins: 5:05

Naptime or Not? Excerpt:

It was calm and peaceful in the cove tucked along Ahway Island’s eastern shoreline. Waves gently lapped against the rocks, creating a soothing rhythm. Not far off the coastline, a group of sea otters was sound asleep, each floating on their backs at the top of the waves.  The ocean softly rocked them back and forth, back and forth.

But one little otter sat up. Oceana had been trying and trying to nap quietly with the rest of the otters, but she just couldn’t sleep. She was wide awake and she wanted to go out and play. Yes, the sun was warm and bright, which made some otters just want to curl up on the sun-warmed waves and sleep. But the bright, cheery sunshine also caused the more distant waves of the Ahway Island Sound to twinkle invitingly. Seeing the sparkly waters just made Oceana want to go out and play, not sleep!

Oceana looked around at the rest of the group of little otters. Yes, everyone was sleeping, even Oceana’s best friend, the usually-lively Alonzo. He was snoring and obviously dreaming of something fun because his paws kept twitching. Oceana giggled a moment, but then she sighed. Ugh, even Alonzo was napping. What would she do?

Oceana thought a bit. Maybe she should try one more time to go to sleep. No…she had already tried that for a long time. There was no point in trying any longer. Nodding her head decisively, Oceana decided to go explore the shoreline of the cove. Yes, that would be fun! She often did things with her friends, so it would be interesting to go off by herself. She could go take a look at the rocks on the surface and under the water. Oceana liked rocks and stones a lot. And maybe when she was done exploring, her friends would be done with their naps and be ready to play with her again.

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