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Drowsy Hours: Poems for Bedtime

Drowsy Hours: Poems for Bedtime

by Susan Pearson, Peter Malone
     
 

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Baby toes, moonlit seas, soft lullabies, and night breezes are all part of The Drowsy Hours, a collection of sixteen vivid nighttime poems, including "The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky," "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod," and "Lullaby." The velvet words of great poets Vachel Lindsay, T. S. Eliot, Elizabeth Coatsworth, and others are Just right for bedtime reading, and

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Baby toes, moonlit seas, soft lullabies, and night breezes are all part of The Drowsy Hours, a collection of sixteen vivid nighttime poems, including "The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky," "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod," and "Lullaby." The velvet words of great poets Vachel Lindsay, T. S. Eliot, Elizabeth Coatsworth, and others are Just right for bedtime reading, and Peter Malone's stunning paintings are sure to fill any sleepyhead with sweet dreams.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Sixteen selected poems focus on bedtime themes�from moonlight, stars, screech owls and crickets, to the lullaby of a big city. The works of T.S. Eliot, Robert Louis Stevenson, Lilian Moore and other poets are represented. The poems illustrate a nice blend of familiar favorites like "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod" and Louis Untermeyer's "Questions at Night" as well as lesser well-known poems. The illustrations are simultaneously soothing yet magical, evoking the childlike wonder that is nighttime, whether of the San Francisco Bridge from a boy's bedroom or an evening by a campfire on the open range. The illustrations, while always accessible to younger children, are complex enough to interest readers of all ages. Bedtime stories may abound, but this collection is a welcome addition. 2002, HarperCollins, Patterson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-There's nothing quite as satisfying as a thoughtful anthology, and Pearson, like Belinda Hollyer in Dreamtime (Viking, 1999), clearly knows the poetry of the night. Old favorites like Eugene Field's "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod" and Robert Louis Stevenson's "Windy Nights" are included as are Norma Farber's "Manhattan Lullaby" (" up where city children sleep, lulled by rumble, babble, beep") and Barbara Juster Esbensen's "Nightfall" (One by one that dark magician Night folds the colors of the day like scarves and hides them in his sleeves"). Each of the 16 selections is enhanced by a marvelously inventive and evocative painting. Malone's images are rich in color and impressionistic detail that perfectly capture the hyperrealist and magical quality of dreams. This collection is as welcome as a warm blanket and a favorite teddy bear at bedtime, yet it begs to be savored any time of day.-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A modest collection of 16 sleepytime poems, most of them dating from the first half of the last century, with gently surreal illustrations. The design is such that each two-page spread functions as a single unit, with the left-hand-side image or images facing the right-hand page of text. This allows the illustrator a free imaginative rein, so that some pictures are bizarrely fanciful and others gently straightforward; they reflect and enhance the poems in unexpected ways. The classic "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod," which takes up four pages, plays a Victorian-inspired trio in their wooden shoe boat against a thoroughly modern mom in bare feet and chinos gazing at her babe in a trundle bed. Carl Sandburg's "Baby Toes" ("There is a blue star, Janet, / Fifteen years' ride from us, / If we ride a hundred miles an hour") is paired with a female pilot holding sky charts and a small child sitting in the pilot's seat of a bi-plane. Lilian Moore's gorgeous "The Bridge" shows a boy looking out at a bridge from his window, having built bridges on the floor of his room with piles of books as suspension. The North Wind in Vachel Lindsay's "The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky" is a startling, spiky figure with punk hair and bright blue shoes. The illustrator sneaks in the cover of another book he's illustrated in the marvelous split-screen high-rise view for Norma Farber's "Manhattan Lullaby." This sophisticated collection does what it sets out to do, and should give bedtime readers food for dreams. (Picture book/poetry. 3-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060294212
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/04/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.29(w) x 10.27(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Susan Pearson has written more than twenty books for children, including the Eagle Eye Ernie mysteries and Silver Morning, of which ALA Booklist said, "The magic of a foggy morning is beautifully captured in Pearson's words....Children will be caught by [her] evocative text." Ms. Pearson is a children's book editor as well as an author and anthologist.

Peter Malone began illustrating in 1994. In addition to being a children's book artist, he has taught at Bournemouth College of Art for fifteen years, designed postage stamps for the Royal Mail, and illustrated various articles for The New Yorker Magazine. His books include A World of Words by Tobi Tobias; Kingfisher Book of Fairy Tales by Vivian French; Gardens of the Imagination: A Literary Anthology by Sophie Biriotti; and The Adventures of Odysseus by Neil Philip.

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