Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poemsby Jane Yolen, Andrew Fusek Peters, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)
From the hoot of an owl to the horns of the city, from children giggling in the bath to the hushed notes of a lullaby, here is an exquisite anthology that captures the universal poetry of bedtime. Expertly/b>
This wide-ranging collection of bedtime poems is an inspired baby gift that will find a treasured place on children’s nightstands everywhere.
From the hoot of an owl to the horns of the city, from children giggling in the bath to the hushed notes of a lullaby, here is an exquisite anthology that captures the universal poetry of bedtime. Expertly gathered by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters, these sixty poems range from old favorite poets such as Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Sylvia Plath, and Eleanor Farjeon to beloved contemporary poets like Marilyn Singer, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman. Beautifully illustrated by G. Brian Karas with richness and whimsy, SWITCHING ON THE MOON is the perfect book to share with a child to usher in a night of sweet dreams.
From the traditional "Man in the Moon" and Vachel Lindsay's "The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky (What the Little Girl Said)" to Roger McGough's "First Rub of Dawn," this properly soporific companion to Here's a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry (2007, illustrated by Polly Dunbar) pairs 60 short, murmurous, night-themed poems or extracted verses to full-bleed, usually full-spread paintings awash in soft moonlight and gentle, dreamlike images. Printed in generously spaced lines of good-sized type well suited to reading in low light, the selections are artfully arranged in a thematic progression that moves from moonrise to bedtime rituals ("My name is Captain Soapsuds— / A mighty ship I sail...."), on to a set of lullabies and then through the wee hours to dawn. There is a lullaby with a Caribbean inflection ("Rack-a-bye, Baby") and one from the Iroquois, and a Scottish quatrain appears against Langston Hughes's "The Dream Keeper." To suit these and others, Karas provides a gently multicultural cast of characters. Best of all, the poetry's mild, steady rhythms will close little eyelids anywhere. (Poetry collection. Birth-5)
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- 10.50(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.80(d)
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- 3 Months to 5 Years
Meet the Author
Jane Yolen is the author of more than 300 books for children and young adults, including SOFT HOUSE, OWL MOON, and HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOOD NIGHT? She also collected poems for HERE'S A LITTLE POEM: A VERY FIRST BOOK OF POETRY. Jane Yolen divides her time between Massachusetts and Scotland.
Andrew Fusek Peters is a poet, anthologist, and playwright who has written and edited more than seventy children’s books. He also collected poems for HERE'S A LITTLE POEM: A VERY FIRST BOOK OF POETRY. He lives in Shropshire, England.
G. Brian Karas has illustrated close to ninety children’s books, including Megan McDonald's ANT AND HONEY BEE: A PAIR OF FRIENDS AT HALLOWEEN. He has also written and illustrated several titles, including HOME ON THE BAYOU, a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Honor winner. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.
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