The Silver Moon: Lullabies and Cradle Songs


The beautiful stars
Twinkle high in the skies,
And my little baby
Is closing her eyes.

These twenty gentle lullabies by beloved poet Jack Prelutsky, illustrated with jewel-like colors by painter Jui Ishida, will hasten small children to sleep and inspire readers of all ages to dream dreams of wonder and ...

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The beautiful stars
Twinkle high in the skies,
And my little baby
Is closing her eyes.

These twenty gentle lullabies by beloved poet Jack Prelutsky, illustrated with jewel-like colors by painter Jui Ishida, will hasten small children to sleep and inspire readers of all ages to dream dreams of wonder and infinite delight.

Features music composed by Jack Prelutsky for four of the lullabies—additional sheet music can be found at

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 08/19/2013
Soothing verses lead readers through dreamtime landscapes that range from snug woodland animal dens to tranquil celestial skies. Prelutsky integrates warm, whimsical imagery into each of the 20 entries (“The silver moon shines softly,/ The sun is not awake./ A beetle rows an acorn boat/ Across a silver lake”), while Ishida illustrates in smooth acrylic paintings with sweeping curves and rounded forms that give the scenes a sense of solidity and security. As animals slumber in a meadow, a human mother holds her baby close, her hair blending into the ripples of a pond: “Bears are asleep in the forest,/ Fish are asleep in the sea./ Birds are asleep on their branches above..../ My baby is sleeping by me.” Fathers and grandparents narrate a few lullabies, but most can be read by any parent or guardian, making this a collection that families of all kinds can settle down with. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
PreS—Twenty short lullabies are paired with stylized illustrations in eye-catching colors. The simple songs, none more than two stanzas long, focus on gentle aspects of the nighttime world: sleepy animals, ocean rhythms, the contrast between outside and cozy indoors. "And while the rabbits hop and hop/The starry night away,/My little baby softly sleeps/ Until the break of day." Two selections feature a mother's voice, two others have a father's, and there are one each for grandfathers and grandmothers. The acrylic paintings, completed digitally, are dreamlike, balanced compositions of softly rounded babies, toys, and animals. Prelutsky displays a keen ear for soothing cadences, but this slight volume lacks the depth of larger collections of bedtime poetry, such as Nancy Larrick's classic When the Dark Comes Dancing (Philomel, 1983).—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
A collection of rhymes for the very young falls smack in the middle of twee territory. Prelutsky's simple, consistent rhymes could prove pleasing to sleepy ears, but accompanying digital art by Ishida adds little to the collection. Many of the rhymes list various creatures or items, and the illustrations prove reiterative of the text, failing to build upon them to create something new. Granted, the redundancy between art and text could provoke something of an I Spy sort of game, prompting readers to point to those things named in the text, but page after page without an overriding sense of cohesion reads like a missed opportunity. Added to this flaw is the saccharine sensibility of the collection, populated by round, planar forms in soft colors that accompany rhyme after rhyme, each concluding with go-to-sleep messages. Backmatter includes sheet music for four of the lullaby rhymes, which is a nice added touch to a book that otherwise seems rather undistinguished. While a goodnight book needn't--shouldn't--be stimulating or exciting, the market is so saturated with such reading material that new titles need to add something special to rise above the rest: This doesn't. (Picture book. 0-3)
“Prelutsky’s . . . writing takes a tender turn. . . . Ishida contributes a series of dreamlike . . . paintings . . . glowing with improbably vivid colors. . . . A handsome collection of original lullabies.”
Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
For the collector of books of poetry or songs for babies, this title is a must-have. The verses reflect tenderness toward little ones and their world at bedtime; the illustrations radiate security and love. Using lyrical rhyme schemes to portray children, birds, and animals of forest, farm, and lake, Prelutsky encourages young listeners to enjoy falling into a peaceful, safe sleep. Nature reflects the mood as parent animals and birds snuggle their own children in nests, streams, and fields, reassuring each tiny child that it is safe and treasured. Award-winning poet Prelutsky has stepped out of his signature hilarious (sometimes bizarre) style of text for older readers to create an atmosphere of warm affection for the youngest listeners. Ishida's luxuriant palette offers a feast for the eyes on each double-page spread. This team has created the perfect blend of text and illustration for introducing poetry to the most impressionable audience. Although the publishers identify the target ages for this volume to be four to eight, perhaps the caring adult, teacher, or parent, would enjoy the experience of reading or singing these poems to much younger children. Special features include treble clef accompaniment for four of the verses and tunes for the rest given online at Reviewer: Janice DeLong
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062014672
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 311,364
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Prelutsky

Jack Prelutsky is the best-selling author of more than fifty books of poetry, including The New Kid on the Block, illustrated by James Stevenson, and Stardines Swim High Across the Sky, illustrated by Carin Berger. Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State.

Jui Ishida was born in Taiwan and raised in Yamaguchi, Japan. She studied art at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and currently lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband and two dragon kids, Cosmo and Misha.

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