Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

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One of the most beloved bedtime poems of childhood. Eugene Field's tale of a magical moonlight sail in a wooden shoe has long delighted children everywhere. In exquisitely rendered full-color paintings, Susan Jeffers captures the unfolding fantasy, adding her own highly imaginative interpretation to the classic rhyme.

The classic poem about a dream-like fantasy voyage, now complemented by magical illustrations, is sure to make ...

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Overview

One of the most beloved bedtime poems of childhood. Eugene Field's tale of a magical moonlight sail in a wooden shoe has long delighted children everywhere. In exquisitely rendered full-color paintings, Susan Jeffers captures the unfolding fantasy, adding her own highly imaginative interpretation to the classic rhyme.

The classic poem about a dream-like fantasy voyage, now complemented by magical illustrations, is sure to make nighttime a friend to all children.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW praised Westerman's "thoroughly dreamlike" characters and setting in her "soothing" interpretation of a classic bedtime verse. Ages 5-8. (Oct.)
Publishers Weekly
Unlike many well-known interpretations of Field's classic poem, McPhail's (Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore!) version of this perennial favorite emphasizes the book's original purpose as a lullaby sung by a parent to a child. Idyllic and tranquil, the pictures seem both familiar and comforting. The famous fishermen themselves look a lot like Beatrix Potter rabbits and are virtually indistinguishable from each other except for their costumes. The child to whom the "mother" (the parent here looks like a child herself) sings resembles a 1930s porcelain doll, with a pageboy haircut and glassy blue eyes. McPhail ties the story about the fisherman, the moon and the catching of herring-fish stars to the child's room by having the bunnies in the story pour out their pastel stars on top of her trundle bed, where they form a star pattern on her quilt. As the narrator explains the meaning of the characters' names, readers can see the bunny ears of the child's three stuffed animals peeking out from beneath the quilt. A final image of the wooden shoe boat floating out the window suggests that the child is about to dream the story as she sleeps. A peaceful, soothing interpretation that will appeal to those looking to re-create a world of innocence. All ages. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
McPhail's adventuresome little bunnies set off for the moon in a little wooden shoe. Soothing shades of blue blend together to form the sea of sky. Varied perspectives add interest to the illustrations and follow the poem while expanding the reader's view. The last several lines are particularly interesting as the child gets into bed and Wynken, Blynken and Nod arrive through the window. The moon and stars can be seen in the background. The final page shows bunny ears sticking out from the covers and a sleeping child in their midst. Included is an historical note in which Field discusses the concept for his lullaby and informs the reader that the poem was first written on brown wrapping paper. Attractively illustrated in warm hues, this classic poem will be a popular bedtime book. 2004, Cartwheel Books/Scholastic, Ages 3 to 7.
—Sharon Salluzzo
Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
Artist Giselle Potter transforms Eugene Field's nineteenth century poem into a timeless adventure splashed across bright pages, engaging a new generation. As imagination reigns in the pre-sleep twilight of one small Dutch boy, he envisions himself as Wynken, Blynken, and Nod setting sail in a wooden shoe. The voyage takes the trio into dialogue with the moon and fishing among the stars. Bravely, they cast their nets and haul in celestial fish before heading home, where some naysayers claim that the trip was just a dream. The fishermen three, however, know the real story, and their surprise identities lie in the final cozy pages, where a loving mother tenderly sings her little man to sleep with promises of what he shall see on his impending night voyage. Potter captures the mood of peaceful adventure in her hint of wind, shadow, low candle flame, and star-studded coverlet. This reminiscence promises to be a bedtime favorite of contemporary children and adults who smile at their own childhood remembrance of the tale. Reviewer: Janice DeLong
Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Endpapers filled with twinkling stars usher readers into the magical world of Field's famous lullaby. Unlike other illustrators of this poem, such as Susan Jeffers (Dutton, 1982; o.p.) and Johanna Westerman (North-South, 1995), McPhail uses vivid pastel colors, and his luminous full-spread artwork is finished off with narrow white borders. The close-up views invite children along on what is more an exciting adventure than a mysterious voyage. The fishermen are three rabbits attired in seafaring clothes who load their wooden shoe with a barrel and nets for their unusual journey. With a spyglass-toting bunny in front, the three sail across the sky on a path of rainbow-hued light where a surprised, crater-pocked moon questions their mission. Large fish become multicolored stars, which the sailors pull into their barrel. They then travel home, where they turn their catch into a star-studded quilt for a little girl's bed. At the end of the book, careful observers will note three sets of rabbit ears peeking out from under a child's blanket and that the boat's sail very closely resembles the curtains on her window. It is strange that the mother who tucks her in looks as young as her daughter, but this is a small quibble. With its lovely swirls of warm color and large, inviting pictures, this would be a welcome addition to poetry shelves, especially if other versions are in short supply.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- Potter's fanciful, artistic interpretation is ideal for this 19th-century poem about the wistful place between sleep and dreams. Wynken, Blynken, and Nod are portrayed as three young boys in matching green pajamas, wooden shoes, and red hats. They embark in their vessel, a large wooden shoe, and sail "...on a river of crystal light,/Into a sea of dew." Sea and sky flow into one another and soon the lads are speeding through the air, where the "little stars" are "herring fish" and the young fishermen cast their nets. The wooden shoe brings them home, where readers learn that the episode is a lullaby sung by a mother to her son who is tucked in bed, snug in his green pajamas with his toy fish. Done in Potter's characteristic style, each spread is a dreamy still life; the mixed-media paintings are drenched in the calming blues of the sea and sky, and the muted hues lend a soporific tone. There is an otherworldly quality to the artwork, and a note describes why the illustrator was attracted to this poem. Share this vividly imagined book with youngsters who need a little help gaining entry to the world of dreams.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI

Kirkus Reviews
Field's 19th-century poem, originally entitled "Dutch Lullaby," serves as the vehicle for this visual exegesis of the celestial text. One night, fishermen Wynken, Blynken and Nod sail off in a wooden shoe on "a river of crystal light, into a sea of dew" to catch herring in their nets of silver and gold. But the herring are actually little stars, and Wynken, Blynken and Nod spend the night catching them before returning with their nets full. Field's text poses the possibility that this unworldly venture might not be a bedtime dream, and Potter reinforces the dream theme by portraying Wynken, Blynken and Nod as three wide-eyed little men in matching green suits, red caps and wooden shoes. Sailing their shoe vessel into a nocturnal landscape of giant tulips, the three fishermen converse with the man-in-the-moon, cast their nets into a midnight-blue, herring-spangled sky and glide home to their windmill. The hand-lettered text and mixed-media illustrations rendered in nighttime blues and greens lend an imaginative, dream-like quality to the ethereal text. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Starred Review, School Library Journal, July 2008:
"Share this vividly imagined book with youngsters who need a little help gaining entry to the world of dreams."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439543033
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 12.36 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author


David McPhail was born on June 30, 1940 in Newburyport, Massachusetts. As a child, David was very imaginative and creative, pretending to be famous heroes and drawing what he imagined. In addition, he was addicted to books from an early age. He attended Vesper George University from 1957-1958 and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School from 1963-1966. He has been an illustrator of children’s books since 1967 and an author of children’s books since 1971. He says he enjoys writing and illustrating as much as he did when he began.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Best Bedtime Story Ever!

    My toddler loves this book, and he knows it by heart. Needless to say we read it every night!

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    This is a fanciful tale that would be most appropriate as a bedtime story. There are lots of Dutch themes and symbolism throughout. The artwork is beautiful, and it does help spur the imagination. It is a quick read, too, so easy to get through and parents and kids are all happy. Loved it!

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Beautiful Illustrations

    My mom told this poem to me as I was nodding off to sleep. It brings back such beautiful memories. It is my tried and true baby gift now and one that I read to my own children. I just love the colors and it is always received with appreciation and always starts a good conversation from those who know the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2008

    favorite as a child

    I remember when I was a child my mum reading it to me. And I bought it to read to my sons. Recently I bought it for 2 of my expectant friend so hopefully they will read it to thier children as well.

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