Who Will Sing a Lullaby?

Who Will Sing a Lullaby?

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by Dee Lillegard, Dan Yaccarino
     
 

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BABY IS CRYING and Crow and Goose and Owl and Swan all think they have the perfect antidote - "I'll take baby flying, that will stop the crying." And as baby floats on wings of love above fields and oceans, he is soothed. . . until each bird in turn crows just a bit too loudly and proudly at his own success and wakes that baby up again. Finally, little Nightingale,

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BABY IS CRYING and Crow and Goose and Owl and Swan all think they have the perfect antidote - "I'll take baby flying, that will stop the crying." And as baby floats on wings of love above fields and oceans, he is soothed. . . until each bird in turn crows just a bit too loudly and proudly at his own success and wakes that baby up again. Finally, little Nightingale, who has been struggling to be heard, gets her chance to try a lullaby. Our tearful baby is now dreamimg sweet dreams. And soon the birds are sleepingtoo - and so will you.This book has perfect pacing, exactly mirroring the rhythm of a child struggling to fall asleep and finally settling down. And Dan Yaccarino's dreamy, etherial artwork is the perfect match for Dee Lillegard's sweet song of a story.


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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A crying baby disturbs the birds on the farm and each in turn attempts to soothe the baby to sleep. A crow takes a baby on a flight over the fields, and the baby falls asleep only to be awakened when the crow sings its raucous cry. Each in turn, a goose, an owl, and a swan ease the baby into sleep only to attempt to sing to the baby and wake it each time. Finally, a nightingale, who has tried from the beginning, to sing the child to sleep is allowed to sing a simple, quiet lullaby that, with the aid of a gently rocked cradle, puts the baby to sleep. Simple repetitive statements create a soothing text and slightly abstract and shadowed colored illustrations are warm enough to hold a child’s attention but not too engaging to keep a child awake. This simple text is very suitable as a bedtime story. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
Kirkus Reviews
When the cranky baby won't go to sleep, various winged creatures lend their voices and their wings to the cause. " ‘Listen to that baby cry!' the birds around the cradle sigh. ‘Who will sing a lullaby?' " goes the refrain. The first bird to give a try is the blue-black crow, who takes the baby soaring over cornfields. As crow lays baby down asleep, so proud is he that he squawks, "Caw-caw!" re-awakening the little one. Then a downy goose gives a whirl, flying over the blue lake, followed by an owl and then a swan. All succeed in putting the infant to sleep, but only momentarily. Finally, the nightingale sings the baby a lullaby of such love, tenderness and comfort that baby slips deeply and happily into slumber. The stunning menagerie of colors, from cobalt blues to burnt oranges, delights the eyes. The background, a potpourri of leaf prints, gives a comforting sense of nestled suspension. In and of itself a lullaby, this is a sumptuous bedtime read. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375985232
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/30/2014
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
13 MB
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Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Dee Lillegard is the author of many fine collections of poetry and many wonderfully inventive picture books. She lives in Castro Valley, California.Dan Yaccarino is an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator with more than 30 books to his credit. He is the creator of the animated TV series Oswald. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.


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Who Will Sing a Lullaby? 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dee Lillegard's rhythmic text and Dan Yaccarino's vibrant illustrations kept my daughter engaged the entire time as I was reading it to her--no small feat for a ten month old who has recently had a 10-second attention span. As I was reading to her, she kept looking at the pictures and looking up at me. She helped me turn the pages and touched the pictures of the baby and birds as I pointed them out to her. There are so many books out there that focus on getting baby to sleep, and I particularly enjoyed the fresh storyline of Who Will Sing a Lullaby? There are even opportunities for laughter as the birds keep waking up the baby in the story. If you're looking for a new book to read to your kids before bedtime, this is a nice, short read that may help them drift off to dreamland.