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Baby sails the skies on a silver moon and fishes for dreams using stars for bait in a classic lullaby that makes a perfect board book. "In the very best tradition of bedtime books".--"Booklist" starred review. Full color. Size A. 22 pp.

Describes a baby falling asleep as sailing out in a silver moon boat.

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Overview

Baby sails the skies on a silver moon and fishes for dreams using stars for bait in a classic lullaby that makes a perfect board book. "In the very best tradition of bedtime books".--"Booklist" starred review. Full color. Size A. 22 pp.

Describes a baby falling asleep as sailing out in a silver moon boat.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this bedtime book, a baby sails a sea of sleep--rumpled sheets--in an infant-sized boat in front of an Easter-egg purple starred sky: ``Sail, baby, sail / Out upon that sea, / Only don't forget to sail / Back again to me.'' Baby fishes for dreams, and eventually does fall asleep. Baby and the various props--teddy bear, toy fish, large spoon--are palpably lifelike, and the scene has an incandescent, soft-edged feel. Unfortunately, the strong conceptual focus of Titherington's work in such titles as Pumpkin, Pumpkin and A Place for Ben is missing, and this lullaby comes across as a rather slight and saccharine offering. Also, the text is clumsy in places, as in ``Her line a silver moonbeam is.'' Though the narrator's sentiments will tug at parental heartstrings, the very young may not comprehend them. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Soft, pastel illustrations accompany this lullaby intended to send babies off to slumber land. "Baby's boat's a silver moon/sailing in the sky"; the rudder is a slotted spoon and his sailing companion is a brown teddy bear. It is a bit sweet and will probably appeal more to parents than the intended audience. 1998 orig.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Quiet rhythms, perfect for rocking, and a chorus: "Sail, baby, sail / Out upon that sea, / Only don't forget to sail? / Back again to me." The soft illustrations show a darling baby who sails across a luminous cobalt sky, accompanied by a teddy and steering into sleep with a kitchen spoon in this lullaby book.
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PreS-- Quite simply, this is one of the best bedtime books to come along in years. The simple, soothing words and rhythms of this traditional lullaby describe a baby sailing over a sea of sleep in a silver moon boat, fishing with a star for bait. This is poetry that has been repeated through generations of parents and babies. The colored-pencil illustrations are no less outstanding. Done in pastels, with twilight shades of purple and lavender predominating, they are at once realistic and dreamlike. In each, a chubby infant plays in her boat on a sea of bedclothes, accompanied by an intrepid teddy bear. A few words of text appear in large, clear type on each facing page, enclosed with a lavender border. Large margins frame the text and illustrations to create a clean, open look. Although aimed at a different audience than Chris Van Allsburg's Polar Express (Houghton, 1985), Baby's Boat is equally beautiful, and just as timeless in its appeal. --Lucy Young Clem, Evansville Vanderburgh County Public Library, IN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688085568
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.21 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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  • Posted August 21, 2010

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    Phooey on Publisher's Weekly

    They called the lyrics "a rather slight and saccharine offering." How suave. How sophisticated. How New York. It's not saccharine to a baby and the song and the story are for babies. Not self-important publishers/reviewers.

    "Also, the text is clumsy in places, as in `Her line a silver moonbeam is.'" That's not clumsy; that's poetic.

    It's also not original to this author, because my mother sang this lullabye to me back in the 1930s. And that, of course, colors my enthusiasm.

    With a little diligence you can google the poem and find the tune so you can sing it to your own babes and grandbabes. I highly recommend that you do so. The memories you create will be unforgettable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2002

    Beautiful song, beautiful pictures, beautiful book

    The poem in this bedtime book is actually a song written in 1898; I first heard it sung in the movie Awakenings, as a mother sings her now-grown son to sleep, a picture of a ship over the head of his bed. My 1-year-old daughter loves the soft pictures and soothing words. I usually sing the words to her, but the music is not printed in the board book (I am looking for it on the Internet). I love this book and would recommend it.

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