×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

The Moon's Lullaby
     

The Moon's Lullaby

by Josephine Nobisso
 
In a moonlight city, the first yawn of the night begins with a baby's tiny mouth wrapped around it. Soon, the baby's mother is yawning, and so is the family dog. Then it's the moon's turn. And with that, the yawn travels freely all over a spinning world full of sleepy people and animals living everywhere from big cities to small adobe villages.

Overview

In a moonlight city, the first yawn of the night begins with a baby's tiny mouth wrapped around it. Soon, the baby's mother is yawning, and so is the family dog. Then it's the moon's turn. And with that, the yawn travels freely all over a spinning world full of sleepy people and animals living everywhere from big cities to small adobe villages.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The power of a yawn spreads throughout the world. It begins with a tiny baby cuddled in her mother's lap as the family dog watches lovingly. Next the dog runs outside to escape the yawn's contagion, but it catches him, and he spreads it to the round-faced moon in the sky. She, too, is overcome with sleepiness. As she travels, yawning, around the earth, she infects an Hispanic grandfather lying in a hammock with his grandsons, two whales deep in the ocean, a little boy and his aunt on a cruise ship, seals and hunters in the snowy far north, sleigh-riding children in an orphanage somewhere in Asia, a koala and her baby perched in a tree, a family of street people in India, a Masai youth tending his cattle, and a bagpiper playing to hot air balloonists. The circle is complete as another tiny baby, a child of nomads, yawns under an awning in the desert. The expressive musical text is perfectly complemented by softly colored, tender watercolor and pastel double-page spreads which show the diverse families, as a kindly, yawning moon with human features soothes them to their rest, in an interesting and educational variety of settings. 2001, Orchard Books/Scholastic,
— Patricia Dole
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A baby's small yawn sets off a global chain of events. The infant's mother catches the yawn and passes it on to the family dog, who eventually passes it on to a smiling full moon. The moon sighs a yawn over the entire earth, passing it on to whales in the sea, koala bears, and parents and children around the world. The yawn eventually finds another baby, on the other side of the Earth, who is snuggling in for the evening with his mother beneath an awning in the desert. This picture book quietly celebrates diversity through a simple, shared experience. Children in contemporary cities, Latin America, Arctic regions, India, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East are represented. Coalson's subdued watercolor-and-pastel illustrations capture the hues of twilight and the gentle warmth of bedtime rituals. Nobisso's text reads well aloud and includes words and phrases from various cultures. Similar to Susan Bonners's wordless Just in Passing (Lothrop, 1989; o.p.), this story will cause readers to stifle yawns and yearn for their cozy beds.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
As the moon follows its orbit in the sky, it sees the first yawn of the night "with a baby's tiny mouth wrapped around it." As the moon passes overhead she is caught up in the yawn and calls out a yawn of her own, causing all the people and animals below to rub their eyes and begin heading for bed. As the Earth spins, the moon sees the Eskimos in the cold northern ice; the beautiful humpback whales diving beneath the ocean; the koalas nestled in the eucalyptus tree; and a lone bagpiper playing on a craggy cliff. As she completes her journey around the world, a tiny baby under the awning of a desert tent brings the yawn full circle. Soft washes of watercolors accompany this celebration of sleep, adding to its dream-like quality. While it won't quite replace Susan Bonners's Just in Passing, now out of print, children will delight in traveling with the moon as they too fall under her spell. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439293129
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1901
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.37(w) x 10.31(h) x 0.43(d)
Lexile:
AD720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews