Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems

Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems

by Jane Yolen, Andrew Fusek Peters, G. Brian Karas
     
 

This wide-ranging collection of bedtime poems is an inspired baby gift that will find a treasured place on children’s nightstands everywhere.

From the hoot of an owl to the horns of the city, from children giggling in the bath to the hushed notes of a lullaby, here is an exquisite anthology that captures the universal poetry of bedtime. Expertly

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This wide-ranging collection of bedtime poems is an inspired baby gift that will find a treasured place on children’s nightstands everywhere.

From the hoot of an owl to the horns of the city, from children giggling in the bath to the hushed notes of a lullaby, here is an exquisite anthology that captures the universal poetry of bedtime. Expertly gathered by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters, these sixty poems range from old favorite poets such as Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Sylvia Plath, and Eleanor Farjeon to beloved contemporary poets like Marilyn Singer, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman. Beautifully illustrated by G. Brian Karas with richness and whimsy, SWITCHING ON THE MOON is the perfect book to share with a child to usher in a night of sweet dreams.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Following up on Here's a Little Poem, Yolen and Peters's 60-poem anthology reveals the many faces of nighttime through the words of these collaborators as well as poets that include Tennyson, Plath, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and Mary Ann Hoberman. Some verses are comical (Colin West's "Going to Bed": "Go to bed early--/ Your hair grows curly./ Go to bed late--/ Your hair grows straight"), some are gentle (Polly Peters's "Puff": "All is safe. Now drift away/ On velvet dreams, from night to day"), and others are full of whimsy. With Karas's mixed-media illustrations creating a chalky, dreamlike atmosphere, this book is made for bedtime. Up to age 5. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed.
Three sections of bedtime verse are nicely gathered up in a marvelous anthology written by classic and modern poets from the United States, Great Britain, the Caribbean and Australia. Sixty poems are a mix of different types; some are quite short as four lines while a few others are rather long on double pages. Fanciful illustrations are rendered in various media which adds to delightful imagination for all ages. The first section, "Going to Bed," tangles romping on the bed with taking baths and other well-known routines, but also presents calming, twinkling nighttime skies heralded by whimsical moons. "Sweet Dreams" soothes youngsters with precious lullabies collected from different cultures, including one by the American Children's Poet Laureate, Mary Ann Hoberman. The last section, "In the Night," brings darkness and vivid dreams alive through familiar sounds both reassuring and perhaps not so comforting. There are a variety of moods with much personification presented in childlike fashion. Poems showcase little ones pretending both silly and serious themes. Some are traditional toddler songs, too. As a read-aloud, there are rich possibilities for sharing stories with hearts and minds captured on every page. Young and old alike can spend a quiet night together with this treasured collection knowing that more special memories will be made to last a very long time. Quite helpful are an Index of First Lines, an Index of Poets, and a listing of Copyright Acknowledgments. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Sixty well-chosen poems conjure up the perfect atmosphere for dreaming. Sometimes playful and sometimes thought-provoking, the poetry is divided into three categories to carry readers through the bedtime hours: "Going to Sleep," "Sweet Dreams," and "In the Night." Karas's cartoon illustrations, done in gouache, acrylic, and pencil, beautifully complement each poem while also creating an aura of nighttime magic that unifies the volume. The poets included range from Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Eleanor Farjeon to Karla Kuskin, Douglas Florian, and Tony Mitton. There are many moments to enjoy and to treasure within these pages, and this anthology would have a valuable place in most poetry collections.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews

From the traditional "Man in the Moon" and Vachel Lindsay's "The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky (What the Little Girl Said)" to Roger McGough's "First Rub of Dawn," this properly soporific companion to Here's a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry (2007, illustrated by Polly Dunbar) pairs 60 short, murmurous, night-themed poems or extracted verses to full-bleed, usually full-spread paintings awash in soft moonlight and gentle, dreamlike images. Printed in generously spaced lines of good-sized type well suited to reading in low light, the selections are artfully arranged in a thematic progression that moves from moonrise to bedtime rituals ("My name is Captain Soapsuds— / A mighty ship I sail...."), on to a set of lullabies and then through the wee hours to dawn. There is a lullaby with a Caribbean inflection ("Rack-a-bye, Baby") and one from the Iroquois, and a Scottish quatrain appears against Langston Hughes's "The Dream Keeper." To suit these and others, Karas provides a gently multicultural cast of characters. Best of all, the poetry's mild, steady rhythms will close little eyelids anywhere. (Poetry collection. Birth-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763642495
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/14/2010
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
618,099
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 5 Years

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen is the author of more than 300 books for children and young adults, including SOFT HOUSE, OWL MOON, and HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOOD NIGHT? She also collected poems for HERE'S A LITTLE POEM: A VERY FIRST BOOK OF POETRY. Jane Yolen divides her time between Massachusetts and Scotland.

Andrew Fusek Peters is a poet, anthologist, and playwright who has written and edited more than seventy children’s books. He also collected poems for HERE'S A LITTLE POEM: A VERY FIRST BOOK OF POETRY. He lives in Shropshire, England.

G. Brian Karas has illustrated close to ninety children’s books, including Megan McDonald's ANT AND HONEY BEE: A PAIR OF FRIENDS AT HALLOWEEN. He has also written and illustrated several titles, including HOME ON THE BAYOU, a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Honor winner. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

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