Rock-a-bye Baby

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Children's Literature - Alison F. Solove
This foam-cover board book is an illustrated version of all three verses of the classic nursery rhyme and lullaby. A baby, in this version a bear cub, rocks in the branches of a tree until the wind sends him falling to the ground. A mother, also a bear, sings a song to a sleeping baby who understands what she sings, even though he is asleep. No one is as dear to the mother as the baby, who will sleep through the night to the sound of her voice. The polyurethane foam cover makes the book satisfying to hold and fun for baby to touch. However, while the pastel illustrations are lovely, they are not especially eye-catching. They also include too much detail for very small children to appreciate. Mothers may find the book cute, but could probably get more bang for their buck with larger compilations of nursery rhymes like The Real Mother Goose. Reviewer: Alison F. Solove
Kirkus Reviews

This traditional lullaby finds its illustrative focus in a chubby-cheeked baby bear.

A plethora of smiling stars follows the cub as the tree bough breaks, and the youngster gleefully turns his blanket into a parachute with a pillow to cushion the fall. Grand in stature, Mama Bear enters the scene and rocks babe first in arms and then by cradle, until the tot nestles back on her shoulder. Tactile elements enhance the padded cover; foil-stamped stars shine over the little one's textured head. The smiling man in the moon looks in on the loving exchanges between mother and child. Purple music notes provide a literal interpretation for the rhythmic song. Abundant, soothing pastels permeate each spread with lavender and rosy shades. Lilting lines bring quiet resolution with the babe's eventual slumber. "Wee little fingers / eyes wide and bright / Now sound asleep until morning light."

An extremely soft interpretation of a beloved song.(Board book. 6 mos.-2)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589258532
  • Publisher: ME Media LLC
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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