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These 14 songs were written by world class songwriters that may not have originally targeted them for an audience of children. However, they work surprisingly well as a collection of lullabies. All of the featured artists-John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson, Lucy Kaplansky, Guy Davis, Lynn Miles, and The Wailin' Jennys-perform on the title song, "Down at the Sea Hotel," as well as the closing piece, "Nothing But a Child." Among the other offerings are songs such as "Midnight Lullaby" written by Tom Waits and performed by Guy Davis, "Dreamland" written by Mary Chapin Carpenter and performed by Lucy Kaplansky, "Barefoot Floors" written by Neil Young and performed by The Wailin' Jennys, and "Child of Mine" written by Carole King and Gerald Goffin and performed by Eliza Gilkyson. The songs in this expertly performed collection range from pop to country to folk and feature an array of instruments. The delightful picture book version of the title song was written by acclaimed songwriter Greg Brown, with whimsical illustrations by Mireille Levert featuring a cute pig in plaid shorts and his friends from the sea. Children will enjoy the soothing songs while parents will enjoy the repurposing of pieces with which they are already familiar. A welcome addition to all collections.
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