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Sleepytime Rhyme

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Picture-book pioneer Remy Charlip's new offering is a work of love--and new parents will feel right at home as they read aloud this enchanting sleepytime . . . or anytime . . . rhyme. Affectionately illustrated pages show a mother and baby playing in the nursery, and the beguiling backdrops feature the clouds, the stars, the moon--the whole world--mirroring their unconditional devotion. Comforting, lyrical, tangible, universal--here is a love song for a baby . . . or for anyone ...
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Overview

Picture-book pioneer Remy Charlip's new offering is a work of love--and new parents will feel right at home as they read aloud this enchanting sleepytime . . . or anytime . . . rhyme. Affectionately illustrated pages show a mother and baby playing in the nursery, and the beguiling backdrops feature the clouds, the stars, the moon--the whole world--mirroring their unconditional devotion. Comforting, lyrical, tangible, universal--here is a love song for a baby . . . or for anyone in love.

2000 Notable Children's Books (ALA)

Illustrations and rhyming text conveys a mother's love for her child.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Charlip (Fortunately) brings his expertise to this simple yet endearing bedtime book. Sitting on a bed before a pair of gracefully billowing curtains, a mother cuddles her baby and tenderly makes an inventory: "I love your hands/ your teeth, your nose/ your ankles, feet/ and all ten toes." Variations on this theme appear on each page ("I love your knees, your north, your south"), giving the text an incantatory feel. Charlip's depiction of the mother and child is highly stylized: just three small arcs on each character's face represent the eyes and mouth. These minimal facial features are also used to personify a series of unlikely mom-and-baby pairs glimpsed out the window. A smiling cloud embraces a smaller one; the changing scenery also includes little trees, suns, moons and stars shepherded by their mothers. The artist's skillful visual shorthand and his use of warm, stained-glass colors (particularly the rich violet of the full-bleed background) ward off sentimentality and bring on a happy, jazzy mood. His work joyfully telegraphs the utter bliss of two humans totally caught up in one another. All ages. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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PreS An addition to the growing body of picture books portraying parental love. The focal point is a mother and her baby performing a pas de deux in sleepwear, framed by a bed and window. The outside views change with every page, but all of them present parent-and-child images (birds, felines, trees, rainbows) with the same simple curved-line features found on the humans. The use of lavender watercolor wash on textured-paper backgrounds for the text provides a twilight aura throughout. In the penultimate scene, mother and child are silhouetted against a panorama depicting all previously seen groupings; finally, they embrace in sleep. The pleasing rhyme includes some whimsy: "I love /your special/face,/your eyes,/your mouth./I love/your knees,/your north,/your south." Youngsters will delight in both the sounds and shapes of this title, the latter well-defined with black outlines. This gentle ode begs to be shared at bedtime; it is also a good choice for infant programs, where parents can flow with the cadence and revel in their babies. Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688162719
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Remy Charlip is the author and artist of more than thirty books, including such modern classics as Fortunately, I Love You, Arm in Arm, Thirteen, Mother Mother I Feel Sick and, more recently, Sleepytime Rhyme and Baby Hearts and Baby Flowers. Mr. Charlip's diverse career has included performing with John Cage, dancing and designing costumes for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, cofounding the Paper Bag Players, serving as head of the Children's Theater and Literature Department at Sarah Lawrence College, winning three New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year citations, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Remy Charlip lives in San Francisco, California.

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