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Northwoods Cradle Song: From a Menominee Lullaby

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In this poetic adaptation of a Native American lullaby, a mother sings her little warrior to sleep by describing the natural world around them. The whisper of the night winds, the call of the whippoorwill, and the silken wings of the moths all come together to lull her little one. Full color.

A poetic adaptation of a Menominee Indian lullaby that describes the sights and sounds of night.

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Overview

In this poetic adaptation of a Native American lullaby, a mother sings her little warrior to sleep by describing the natural world around them. The whisper of the night winds, the call of the whippoorwill, and the silken wings of the moths all come together to lull her little one. Full color.

A poetic adaptation of a Menominee Indian lullaby that describes the sights and sounds of night.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The northwoods of turn-of-the-century Wisconsin form the soul-nourishing setting of a Native American lullaby, lyrically rendered by the author of Old Turtle. Working in oils, Desimini (The Great Peace March) paints with a tranquil, velvety softness. Her abstract, purple-black scenes of a Menominee mother and infant, illuminated only by firelight and the vanishing sun, mirror the peace and silence of nighttime in the woods. The lullaby itself whispers that all of nature is going to sleep: "Ne pa Ko, my sleepy head,/ Tiger lily's gone to bed/ Where the heron, tall and wise,/ Watches for the moon to rise./ ... Sleep, little warrior, sleep." Basing his work on published translations, Wood has crafted an image-rich, eminently musical lullaby. Its simple charm should hook a broad range of readers. Ages 6mos.-5yrs. (Apr.)
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This adaptation of a Native American song is "image-rich [and] eminently musical," said PW in a starred review. Ages 6 mos. -5 yrs. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K-In this adaptation of a Menominee Indian song, creatures gradually fall asleep around a mother and her child as the nocturnal world awakens. A few Algonquin words, transliterated, remain in Wood's rhyming English translation. Desimini's note indicates that the lifestyle portrayed is that of the Menominee people in their native Wisconsin at the turn of the century. The deep blues of the north dominate the unframed, oil-paint illustrations, which cover the pages with dark, opaque hues. The style is flat and primitive. The illustrator notes that she has simplified the dress of mother and child in order to generalize it, and in that generalization lies the problem. There is nothing particularly distinctive here, nor particularly Wisconsin. The setting, the sound of the poetry, and look of the art might just as easily be Hiawatha as anything else. Those who seek to celebrate Native American culture may want this bedtime book, but the uniqueness of the Menominee seems muted.-Ruth K. MacDonald, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689822285
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 7/7/1998
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.49 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Wood

Douglas Wood is the author of A Quiet Place as well as the New York Times bestselling Can't Do series. His books Old Turtle and Old Turtle and the Broken Truth were both international bestsellers. He lives in a cabin in the woods of Minnesota. A studied naturalist, Douglas shares his knowledge of nature as a wilderness guide.

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