Lullaby Raft

Lullaby Raft

by Naomi Shihab Nye, Vivienne Flesher
     
 
Elegant language meets luminous illustrations in this enchantingly mysterious bedtime book. Join a little child and friends--a rabbit, chicken, lizard and turtle--as they bid a fond good night to a sleepy house and quiet town and climb aboard the lullaby raft. Full color.

Overview

Elegant language meets luminous illustrations in this enchantingly mysterious bedtime book. Join a little child and friends--a rabbit, chicken, lizard and turtle--as they bid a fond good night to a sleepy house and quiet town and climb aboard the lullaby raft. Full color.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This uneven picture book, essentially a bedtime poem, begins in a child's cozy room at night and ends with a child's dream journey on a moon rowboat. The text is based on a lullaby Nye (Sitti's Secrets) sings in schools (the music appears on the book's final page). Although filled with lovely phrases ("My lizard licks the darkness clean/ In the leaves outside my room"), the text often ends abruptly on the page, perhaps to accommodate the musical line of the song. Words and art unite most effectively when focusing on the details, as in: "My mama sings me a lullaby all my own/ And I dream of her hands/ And the years I'll live alone." Flesher (East of the Sun, West of the Moon) accompanies these lines with a close-up of the child's face held gently in her mother's hands, set against a deep velvet-red curtain of color rendered in pastels. An ambitious sense of composition creates emotional depth. The artist's work exudes a sense of stillness and reverie, of gently ebbing consciousness. Things get a bit confusing, however, as the book makes a textual and visual transition from the concrete to the metaphysical. As the book moves toward its conclusion, Nye turns from the child's thoughts to an adult's point of view, and the child, who appears to be a toddler in the opening spread, now looks 10 years old. Even with its moments of verbal and pictorial harmony, this lullaby ultimately ends on a dissonant note. All ages. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreSIn this original lullaby, Mama sings of animals who settle down for the night as her red-haired child helps them along. Chicken hums on the windowsill, bunny snuggles in a sock drawer, turtle withdraws into its shell, and lizard seeks comfort on the "sleepy ground." Each finds the perfect note to hold all night long. While the language and images are not always completely accessible to young listeners, this poem/song has a satisfying rhythm and soothing tone; it is best appreciated when read or sung aloud. Simple music is provided. Soft but vividly hued chalk pastels provide the perfect medium for the dreamy illustrations. One caveatthe child's face is portrayed with a distracting inconsistency. Is she a sleepy toddler, a porcelain doll, a boyish youngster, or a young adult? It's just not clear. Also, the brilliant colors used to close the song are surprisingly stimulating, not the typical finish for a bedtime story.Alicia Eames, formerly at Brooklyn Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689805219
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.77(w) x 9.79(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
5 - 6 Years

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