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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 6 mo. to 3.
This bedtime rhyme for young children has an interesting structure. Most of the book is a poem in which a young child says good night to the moon as she identifies the familiar items inside and outside her room: "Here's my pillow, Here's my head./ Here's the book my daddy read." Then, as the child mentions her mother saying good night, the mother breaks into a few lines from a traditional lullaby: "At the Gate of heaven." The last few pages repeat the poem's opening lines and show the child falling asleep under a very golden delicious apple full moon. At the end of the book, both the English and Spanish versions of the song are given. The cozy feel of the book is enhanced by the illustrations. Matt James' whimsical style is a bit reminiscent of Matisse and so are his color tones of chartreuse and reds. It is easy to imagine a child deciding this book and the full lullaby are a perfect ritual to go to bed with. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry