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Papa's Song
     

Papa's Song

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by Kate McMullan, Jim McMullan (Illustrator)
 

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The acclaimed husband-and-wife team set the tone for golden slumbers.

It's way past his bedtime, but Baby Bear is wide awake. Nobody, it seems, can come up with the right lullaby to soothe him. Not Granny Bear. Not Grandpa Bear. Not even Mama Bear. Luckily, Papa Bear instinctively knows just what "song" will do - and he takes Baby Bear on a moonlit river

Overview

The acclaimed husband-and-wife team set the tone for golden slumbers.

It's way past his bedtime, but Baby Bear is wide awake. Nobody, it seems, can come up with the right lullaby to soothe him. Not Granny Bear. Not Grandpa Bear. Not even Mama Bear. Luckily, Papa Bear instinctively knows just what "song" will do - and he takes Baby Bear on a moonlit river adventure, where a symphony of nocturnal noises soon sends his little cub floating off to sleep. With rhythmic text and luminous artwork, this book is a charming lullaby in its own right as it demonstrates with aplomb that sometimes fathers really do know best.

Perfect for new fathers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When no one else seems to be able to lull Baby Bear to sleep, Papa comes through in what PW called "an appealing bedtime story, at once gentle and wry." Ages 3-7. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Granny, Grandpa, and Mama Bear take turns trying to lull Baby Bear into slumber. Their songs are soothing but, though the exhausted adults begin to feel sleepy, "Baby Bear doesn't" and continues to appear wide-eyed and alert. Finally, Papa takes him for a ride in the boat. He knows that "the right song," created by the river's gentle night sounds, will calm his son and rock him to sleep. And, indeed, nature's lullaby does the trick. The affectionate extended family, with the child at its center, is depicted in softly shaded, unframed watercolors. The starlit night sky, murmuring river, and cozy interior of the home, glowing with lamp light, reveal the loving, secure atmosphere of Baby Bear's world. A bedtime story almost guaranteed to provide sweet dreams.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Lawrence Downey
...jaded parents may find themselves pinching the remaining pages, silently calculating how long it will take Papa Bear to work his soporific magic so they can go downstairs and finish loading the dishwasher. But this is where Kate McMullan and Jim McMullan's Papa's Song, a sweet and touching picture book, gets interesting...Kate McMullan's story of a loving father's inventive lullaby is perfectly served by the dreamy realism of the watercolors by her husband, Jim, ... The surpassing gentleness of Mr. McMullan's bear family is striking; these are no cartoon animals but hulking creatures, and his pictures richly detail their water-loving lives... parents weary of boring bedtime books will be grateful for this simple but refreshing tale.
The New York Times Book Review
Kirkus Reviews
A bright-eyed, bushy-tailed Baby Bear turns the Bear household topsy-turvy until Papa Bear's ingenious idea saves the night. When Baby Bear is still wide-awake at bedtime, various family members attempt to settle the little one down to sleep. Granny Bear sings a tender lullaby in the rocking chair and Grandpa Bear serenades the baby by a moonlit window, to no avail. Even Mama Bear's song fails to send Baby Bear off to dream land. Papa Bear knows just what baby needs, taking Baby Bear out onto the river for a moonlight ride. Eloquent text describes the night sounds; " Riffles slap the side of the bear boat, slup, slup, slup. Three little fish wriggle by and disappear beneath the water, bloop, bloop, blip." The soothing litany of night sounds soon lulls the little one to sleep. Kate McMullan's (Noel the First, 1996) gentle prose settles over readers like a warm, comforting blanket. Jim McMullan's (The Earth is Good, 1999) softly shaded and slightly blurred illustrations convey the amber hued-warmth of the home and the serene beauty of twilight on the water. His glowing watercolors reflect the deep love the family has for their cherished baby. A cozy read aloud, young children will find it hard to resist the soporific spell of this perfect bedtime story. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374457181
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
02/05/2003
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Kate and Jim McMullan have collaborated on five previous picture books, including Hey, Pipsqueak! and Nutcracker Noel, both New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year. The McMullans live with their daughter in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.

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Papa's Song 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We must have 50 bedtime books and this tops the list! I read it with a quiet voice and sing the 'song' parts with a little tune for each. It is such a soothing little book. Very tender-hearted. Makes you want to join Papa's Song for the evening cruise!