Bayou Lullaby

Bayou Lullaby

by Kathi Appelt, Neil Waldman, Karel Appel
     
 

"Appelt has written a rhythmic, soothing lullaby for a little girl who lives in a house by the banks of the bayou....The verse is evocative and lovely....Each scene is a self-contained work of art and a visual feast....A stunning picture book."—School Library Journal.

Overview

"Appelt has written a rhythmic, soothing lullaby for a little girl who lives in a house by the banks of the bayou....The verse is evocative and lovely....Each scene is a self-contained work of art and a visual feast....A stunning picture book."—School Library Journal.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Like the easy, winding bayou, slow Cajun rhythms swing through this night song: 'Rockabye you bayou gal,/ Cattails be a-swishin'/ Softly sigh, oh bayou gal,/ On a star be wishin'. Appelt weaves regional details with universal images that summon up the floating, swaying sensations of sleep: a 'pirogue' (boat) gently bobbing 'atop the water chocolat'; a bullfrog's voice stretching in crescendo ('King Armand be whistlin'/ To crawdads 'neath the waves'), then quieting toward dawn; water wending toward the sea through the dark tangled roots of cypress trees. Distinctive speech rhythms and rhymes rest lightly on the ear; nouveau Cajun devotTes will find a helpful glossary of six important words (the term "Cajun,'' however, receives no definition). Waldman's art (The Tyger; Light) seems more playful and more dynamic here than previously. Against the black of night, his stylized acrylic paintings extend their blue palette toward violet and green. An inspired pairing of author and artist.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like the easy, winding bayou, slow Cajun rhythms swing through this night song: "Rockabye you bayou gal,/ Cattails be a-swishin'/ Softly sigh, oh bayou gal,/ On a star be wishin'." Appelt weaves regional details with universal images that summon up the floating, swaying sensations of sleep: a "pirogue" (boat) gently bobbing "atop the water chocolat"; a bullfrog's voice stretching in crescendo ("King Armand be whistlin'/ To crawdads 'neath the waves"), then quieting toward dawn; water wending toward the sea through the dark tangled roots of cypress trees. Distinctive speech rhythms and rhymes rest lightly on the ear; nouveau Cajun devotes will find a helpful glossary of six important words (the term ``Cajun,'' however, receives no definition). Waldman's art (The Tyger; Light) seems more playful and more dynamic here than previously. Against the black of night, his stylized acrylic paintings extend their blue palette toward violet and green. An inspired pairing of author and artist. Ages 2-up. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
As the animals of the bayou prepare for the night, so do our loved ones. Cajun speech enhances the feel of the bayou in calming, quieting prose. The author has included a small Cajun glossary, complete with pronunciation guide, making for a great read-aloud. The illustrations in this picture book are stunning.
Children's Literature - Paula Dimichel
Kathi Appelt, a native Texan who grew up fishing for crawdads in local bayous, drew upon her own childhood to create this lyric and memorable introduction to Cajun culture for young children. The art creates a quiet nightfall and Appelt offers poetic language in authentic Cajun accents. Her unobtrusive introduction of Cajun words will be easily grasped and they give a feel of the actual language while creating a feeling of peace and safety.
School Library Journal
PreS-UpAppelt has written a rhythmic, soothing lullaby for a little girl who lives in a house by the banks of the bayou: ``Rockabye, you bayou gal,/Cattails be a-swishin'/Softly sigh, oh bayou gal,/On a star be wishin'.'' The verse is evocative and lovely, but the true merit of the book lies in Waldman's double-page acrylic paintings. Each scene is a self-contained work of art and a visual feast. He has set the swamp's luminous flora and fauna against a velvety black background, and richly fluorescent shades of greens, purples, blues, and teals decorate the pages. A stunning picture book.Judy Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Julie Corsaro
While there are many lyrical bedtime books, this one has the advantage of being infused with a lilting yet accessible Cajun rhythm. The reassuring verse is recited to a young bayou girl whose marshy, nocturnal world is ruled over by Arnaud, king of bullfrogs. With a menagerie of royal subjects that include "buzzin mosquitos," "snoozing crawdads," and "harmonizin crickets," this has a bit more oomph than many tranquil read-alouds. Set against glossy ebony backdrops, the stylized double-page compositions are awash with vibrant shades of blue, purple, and green. A prefatory note includes pronunciation and definitions for six Creole phrases.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688128562
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/1995
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kathi Appelt is the award-winning author of many children's books, including Bat Jamboree, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, and Incredible Me!, illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Ms. Appelt teaches creative writing to both children and adults and lives in College Station, Texas.

In His Own Words...

"I always knew that drawing and painting provided a magical pathway to the secret inner world of my imagination. When chaos, pain, and confusion enveloped me as a child, I would retreat to my bedroom, close the door, and sit down with crayons and a sketch pad. As I watched amazing shapes and colors pour from my crayons onto the blank sheets of paper, I could feel the fear and tension dissolve. And while I continued working at my desk, the outside world would disappear completely as I traveled along the exquisite, winding road inward.

"It is no coincidence that I chose to become a children's book illustrator. As an adult I realized that I had to earn a living, but I was also determined to spend my days doing what I loved most. Illustration has allowed me to achieve both goals. And so for me it is a magical profession. Sometimes in the early morning hours, as I float between the waking world and the world of sleep, I revel in the thrilling realization that I'm doing exactly what I loved most in kindergarten, and being paid for it.

"For me each new picture book is an adventure. During the weeks and months that I work on a story its mysteries rest in the world just behind my eyes, waiting to be revealed. Every time my mind grows quiet, I drift silently into that world. I live within the story, inhaling its fragrance, thrilling in its dance, and swaying with its rhythms. I place the manuscript on my night table and read it in the evenings before I fall asleep. Sometimes images begin swirling in my dreams. At other times they come to me when I least expect them. Once I envisioned a whole book during a terrible migraine headache.

"When the images begin to clarify, I start sketching in pencil. And when the people and places in the sketches match those in my imagination, I bring out my paints. Then my greatest fun begins, when the colors of my heart flow through my brush and appear magically before me. Sometimes the paintings take a month to complete. At other times they take more than a year. When all the paintings are finished, I spread them out on my living room floor and marvel at them.

"There are difficulties in living the life I've chosen. Sometimes I struggle for weeks or months, desperately searching for the soul of a story that continues to elude me. At other times I worry about the erratic work schedule and unsteady income. But the countless joys and thrills that tumble about me like autumn leaves make it clear that there is no other profession on earth that I would choose."

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