Wild Childby Lynn Plourde, Greg Couch (Illustrator)
"Time for bed,"
Mother Earth said.
"Not for a while,"
said her wild child.
"A song, first.
I need a song
to play in my head
before going to bed."
So Mother Earth
gave her child a song....
But then this wild child wants a snack and PJs and a kiss....
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My almost 2 yr old daughter picked this out from the library and she adores it. We have read this about 100x. It is one of the most enchanting books I've read in a long time, we both love it. The colors and pictures just captivate her so much and I really do believe she understands the story. She asks about everything. I will be buying a copy so we can have it always.
This book was a gift from a friend. I love it and so does my son and soon I will start reading it to my daughter. It is a delight and the colors are wonderful. The book says for age 3 but I started at 2 and my little guy would sit and listen and then ask for it again. I'm going to purchase 2 Wild Child books for gifts.
My rating is prejudiced since I'm the author of this book, but I believe every author may be lucky enough to have one magical book in a career & I believe WILD CHILD is my magical book. The story personifies the season of fall as a naughty little girl who doesn't want to go to bed--first she needs a song, a snack, a kiss, and more. Her mother is Mother Earth who gives Autumn each request in a special fall way--the snack: crunchy munchy chewy chestnuts/ plumpy lumpy pulpy pumpkins/ snapperly dapperly cidery apples/ puckery smuckery crimsony cranberries. When I first saw Greg Couch's illustrations, I cried. They were so beautiful! He cloaked the child Autumn in all the colors and symbols of her season. And Mother Earth metamorphoses throughout the book. She has a meadow for a dress on one page and boulders for a face on another page and clouds for hair on another page. In the end Mother Earth finally gets her wild child of Autumn to bed only to have the next child Winter wake up bouncing on the bed.
I read this book at work to my class of 2year olds. It blew them away. I also read the book to my son which is also 2 years he loved it .