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Sleep Rhymes Around the World

Sleep Rhymes Around the World

by Jane Yolen, Frane Lessac (Illustrator)

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Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction


Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction

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Children's Literature - Barbara B. Disckind
The author has created an almost magical companion volume to the popular Street Rhymes Around the World. Assembled in this book are twenty-one sleep rhymes from seventeen nations and republics. Each lullaby is printed in its native language along with its English translation. Each country's entry is also surrounded by luscious illustrations from a native artist. The pictures are richly detailed, drenched with color, and full of smiling mothers, playful older siblings, and dream images such as guardian angels, the sun and the moon, bright stars, and swirling clouds. Each page guides readers and listeners through vastly different cultures and yet, conveys a similar message: that children are loved by their parents, they bring their families joy, and happy times will greet them upon awakening.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A collection of rhymes from 17 countries around the globe, most of which are not widely known. All are printed in English as well as in their original languages; all of the selections, even those that do not use the Roman alphabet, have been transcribed into verselike form. The overall effect is not soporific, counteracted at least in part by the lively illustrations, each done by an artist native to the country represented. The colors are neither muted nor necessarily restful; in fact, few of the scenes take place in full night. The techniques vary widely from painterly to cartoon fantasy to an approximation of woodcut; some seem sketchy and unfinished, others are more detailed and defined. This book won't calm either a parent or a child, but it should encourage conversation and commentary.-Ruth K. MacDonald, Quinnipiac College, Hamden, CT
Denia Hester
This companion volume to "Street Rhymes around the World" (1992) offers 21 lullabies from various parts of the globe, including Uganda, Slovenia, and Iran. The universality of putting children to sleep knows no boundaries as evidenced by the soothing words and images shared by each culture. Each poem or song is presented in its native language with an English translation, and the illustrations are by artists native to the countries. The quality varies, with a couple that are too precious; however, most of the art depicting babes in beds, on mats, in mothers' arms, and in all kinds of cradles captures the gentle tenor of the subject and the flavor of the culture.

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Highlights Press
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
10.35(w) x 11.33(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen has received numerous awards for her writing, including the Golden Kite Award, two Christopher Medals, and both the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota and the Regina Medal for her body of work. In 2011 she was named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts, and St. Andrews, Scotland.

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