PreS-- Paxton's original lullaby-cum-folksong sings of woodland animals and pets, birds, fish, and children settling down to sleep. The brief refrain wishes a good night to each. A short verse about each animal--mare, dove, otter, chipmunk, swan, porcupine, etc.--is accompanied by a soft, full-page, detailed realistic acrylic painting. Very young children will delight in hearing the words as they take in the reassuring illustrations. Older children will enjoy learning and singing the verses. Music is included on the endpapers. Lovely new bedtime fare for families to share. --Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Folksinger Paxton offers a soothing lullaby, guaranteed to calm the most rambunctious youngster. Verse by verse, the animals prepare themselves for sleep. Gray mares run home to their stalls, chipmunks burrow under mossy stones, and porcupines cuddle their prickly heads. Finally, as "Red sun is setting-- / Colors across the sky. / Evening is slowly falling, / Sandman is coming by," some children fall asleep under their patched quilts, too. Ingraham's vibrant acrylic artwork portrays lifelike animals in their natural settings. Particularly effective is the painting that shows a running sandman hidden in the coppery clouds at sunset. The music has been included on the mauve end papers, making this a perfect pick for a bedtime performance. Creative-writing classes may be interested in mimicking the pattern of the poetry as well.