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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 ...
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.
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)
Posted April 8, 2011
Relax with your child and together share a trip through a dimension of rhyme while reading these charming poems. Switching on the Moon consists of three sections, the first section is called "Going to Bed" the second "Sweet Dreams and the third "In the Night" for a total of 60 poems in all. These are the sweetest poems you can read to a child. The poems are short so an infant will find the rhyme and rhythm delightful with just the right amount of stimulation. An older child will find it effortless to read along and will quickly memorize the short poems. This is a book a child will ask for at bedtime often so be prepared to read it for years to come. The hardcover is great for those toddlers who like to read on their own and the soft illustration on the front cover is sure to remind your child these are special bedtime stories. My favorites poems in the book are "The Bath-time Pirate" and "Naughty Soap Song." two great poems to read before bath-time, with a promise to read the rest later, will have your child in and out of the tub in no time at all. The illustrations although simple are beautiful and not to bright which helps set the bedtime mood. I loved reading all the poems in Switching on the Moon, they are a mix of bath-time, teeth brushing, dreams, tooth fairies, twinkling stars and so much more, a few are classics with a little twist, making them all unique. I absolutely recommend this book to all parents and grandparents, a book for all ages 0-99, as adults will find the poems comforting and enchanting as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.