Publishers Weekly - Publishers WeeklyWith more than 20 poems ranging from Eugene Field's classic "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod" to Nancy Willard's never-before-published "Rock Me," Lullaby Moons and a Silver Spoon: A Book of Bedtime Songs and Rhymes, illus. by Brooke Dyer, possesses a pleasingly soporific charm. Dyer's fanciful watercolors appear in framed spreads throughout. Her North Wind resembles Santa Claus, and when the apple-cheeked moon, who slumbers throughout the collection, awakens on the final spread for Christina Rossetti's "Lullaby, Oh Lullaby!" the effect is quite climactic.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2-Lush watercolor illustrations decorate this assortment of 21 bedtime rhymes that range from the simple to the silly to the sleep-inducing. Jack Prelutsky, Christina Rossetti, and Nancy Willard are among the poets represented here. Among the works included are Eugene Field's "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod" and many different odes to the moon, such as Sue Cowling's "Half Moon Cottage," Kathryn Maxwell Smith's "The Moon," and John Rice's "Midnight's Moon." A variety of page layouts reinforces both the diversity and the dreamlike quality of the collection. Lutwidge Sedgwick's "Lullaby" is illustrated with numerous panels, a technique that incorporates many of the objects mentioned in the poem without giving the page a cluttered look. Mary Jane Carr's "Shop of Dreams" is set amid soft green hillsides with grazing sheep, a cozy thatch-roofed shop, and a rosy-cheeked moon floating over the horizon. Round-faced, stylized figures move about this dreamland where many shades of blue paint the night sky. More similar in mood to Jane Dyer's Animal Crackers (Little, Brown, 1996), this collection does not have the global approach of Jane Yolen's Sleep Rhymes around the World (Boyds Mills, 1994). All three books make wonderful choices for sharing aloud.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsThe daughter of illustrator Jane Dyer debuts with similarly elegant, understated, richly colored illustrations for 21 lullabies from the likes of Eve Merriam, Margaret Wise Brown, Sylvia Plath, and Eugene Field. In keeping with tradition, the rhythms are often more restful than the semantic content: Malachy Doyle writes of a "Dancing Tiger," Andrew Matthews envisions a "Dream Horse, fiery red / Showering sparks as I shake my head," and Jack Prelutsky�s contribution opens, "Last night I dreamed of chickens, / There were chickens everywhere, / They were standing on my stomach, / they were nesting in my hair." Dyer declines to take up the challenge of Brian Patten�s "Mooning," preferring to populate her twilit landscapes with woolly sheep, autumnal trees, and drowsy children, all beneath a huge, benevolent moon. Though not the most irresistibly somniferous bedtime reading, the selections are nonetheless a pleasing mix of chestnuts and fresh takes. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)
- Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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- Edition description:
- First Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 8.84(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.41(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
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