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Once: A Lullaby

Once: A Lullaby

by B. P. Nichol, Anita Lobel (Illustrator)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bordered by midnight blue curtains, Lobel's droll and delicate artwork captures the spirit of Nichol's soothing, sleepytime lyric--music included. Ages 1-up. (June)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 A loving, comfortable bedtime book which portrays 16 small animal children and two human children as one by one they fall asleep in bedrooms replete with images of themselves. Text, illustrations, and simple piano music are repetitive and flowing; children can participate by supplying the animal sound in each stanza: ``Once I was a little horse, /baby horse, little horse. /Once I was a little horse/NEIGH, I fell asleep.'' The repetition in language is beautifully echoed in the illustrations, so that the young creature in each of the 18 vignettes also becomes the focus of the design of the wallpaper, bed, bedspread, doll, books, and furniture. Lobel's muted colors, her attention to detail , and the small naturalistic border designs are absorbing. The three elements of language, art, and music work harmoniously together. A gentle, original bedtime book that should have the desired effect whether read or sung. Susan Patron, Los Angeles Public Library

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HarperCollins Publishers
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1st ed
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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