“Baby sail the seven seas
Safely in my arms
When the waves go up and down
You are safe from harm.”
From Margaret Wise Brown, author of the beloved Goodnight Moon, comes a previously unpublished collection of charming lullabies, gorgeously illustrated by 12 award-winning artists. The roster of celebrated names includes Carin Berger, whose The Little Yellow Leaf was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book; Eric Puybaret, who brought the bestselling Puff, the Magic Dragon to life on the page; Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner Sean Qualls; and Caldecott Honor medalist Melissa Sweet. An accompanying CD, with lilting songs beautifully composed and sung by Emily Gary and Tom Proutt, makes this the perfect gift to wish children a sweet goodnight.
The illustrators are:
Jonathan Bean * Carin Berger * Sophie Blackall * Linda Bleck * Renata Liwska * Christopher Silas Neal * Zachariah OHora * Eric Puybaret * Sean Qualls * Isabel Roxas * Melissa Sweet * Dan Yaccarino
About the Author
Margaret Wise Brown is one of the most popular children's authors of all time; her classic Goodnight Moon (HarperFestival), illustrated by Clement Hurd, has sold more than twenty-four million copies and her books—including Big Red Barn (Harper Festival), The Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins), and The Golden Egg Book (Simon & Schuster)—have never been out of print. Several generations have grown up with her timeless stories and her influence has been felt around the world.
Date of Birth:May 23, 1910
Date of Death:November 13, 1952
Place of Birth:Brooklyn, N.Y.
Place of Death:Nice, France
Education:B.A., Hollins College, 1932; Bank Street College of Education
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book of wonderfully illustrated poems is top-shelf, indeed, but I’m equally floored by the CD of songs that accompanies it. I’ve reviewed albums in the past, and I recall reviewing several children’s albums that were nominated for Grammys. “Goodnight Songs” is far better than any of those. Tom Proutt and Emily Gary have taken Margaret Wise Brown’s poems to new heights, turning them into songs imbued with warmth and a sense of wonder. The refreshing thing here is that Proutt and Gary have made a thoroughly accessible children’s album that doesn’t talk down to its audience. In fact, the songs are smart enough that they’ll appeal to adults as well. How often can you say that about a children’s album? That’s the beauty of this record: it’s not just for children, it’s for the whole family. And it’s darn good. Listen to “Sounds in the Night” and you’ll hear immediately what I’m talking about. You’ll also probably recognize the Brian Wilson influence on the vocals and melody line. But “Sounds in the Night” stands on its own--a lullaby with a subtly mysterious air about it. Your kids probably won’t recognize the influence of REM on the chord progression of “LIttle Donkey Close Your Eyes,” but you will, and you’ll appreciate the song even more because of it. Or maybe it’s because of Andy Thacker, whose virtuoso mandolin-playing runs through the album. The key to the record’s effectiveness is the combination of Proutt’s deft musical instincts and Gary’s appropriately sweet and motherly vocals. They handle this material flawlessly. “Goodnight Songs” is intelligent, evocative stuff. The music industry has dumbed down children’s music for several decades now, to the point that they’ve practically killed what once was a vital art form. But “Goodnight Songs” revitalizes the genre and provides a direction for the future. This is what children’s music can be. And what it should be.
Brilliant all-around project. And the cd that accompanies it is absolutely captivating. Children will adore it, and parents will quite like it as well.