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This simple but melodic bedtime tale gains heft from an intriguing setting-the Beaufort seacoast of Alaska-and from transcendent illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Diaz (Smoky Night). On each spread, an expectant mother and a small child say goodnight to an ocean animal they spot while canoeing along the coast: "Furry babies curl into a big bear ball/ On the ice as it drifts through the dark./ To Ocean's children we say good night./ Good night, little polar bears, good night." Each rhyme offers a tidbit of the creature's life: puffins "nest in the cliff" and a beluga whale "naps on Mother's back." Diaz's art enlarges this tale with a stylized, almost mythic quality. Stars are as ornate as snowflakes and waves are elegant curlicues in a saturated ocean of blue, green and purple. Animals are bathed in a golden glow and are even translucent at times. The narrator concludes with a tender good-night to her sleeping unborn baby and older child who are "child[ren] of Ocean as well,/ Forever a part of me." Every page exudes a soothing sense of magic. Ages 2-5. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.