A poem collection of new and time-honored favorites includes works by Eve Merriam, Eleanor Farjeon, Russell Hoban, Clyde Watson, among others, and is beautifully illustrated with gentle, dreamy watercolor drawings.
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PreSchool-Grade 1-Hollyer's brilliant collection of night poems and lullabies and Corfield's perfectly matched watercolors combine to form an artistic whole that expresses all of the magic of settling down to sleep. The poems range from pre-bedtime pleading ("Can't I just finish this game please?/When a game's once begun/It's a pity never to find out/Whether you've lost or won" in Eleanor Farjeon's "Bedtime") through bedtime rituals ("Hug me gentle, hug me strong,/hug me short and hug me long./Now it's time to put away/all the pieces of today" from Russell Hoban's "Getting-Ready-Lullaby") to nodding off to sleep ("The storm shall not wake thee, nor shark overtake thee,/Asleep in the arms of the slow-swinging seas" in Rudyard Kipling's "The White Seal's Lullaby"). To read this book is to savor the sure use of words by master poets gathered by a master anthologist. No young child should drift off without a reading from this book or a look at its ethereal landscapes, certain charms for sweet dreams.
Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT
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Ages 1^-6. The bedtime bliss evoked in these lullabies includes the scary storm outside ("Ocean rock me to my sleep") and the welcome quiet that comes after joyful noise. From hugs up close to jumbling and tumbling on the rolling hills, the flowing gentle pencil-and-watercolor paintings connect the circle of family embrace with the turning of the earth under "the moon and the stars and the wind in the sky." First published in England, the selections include traditional rhymes and chants as well as pieces by Eleanor Farjeon, Eve Merriam, Russell Hoban, and others who sing with immediacy and warmth. Even very young children who don't understand all the words will love the combination of family intimacy and dreamy fantasy in the sound of the words that sweeps them to sleep. Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Viking Juvenile, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Robin Bell Corfield (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0670883638
Book Description Viking Juvenile, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110670883638
Book Description Viking Juvenile. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0670883638 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1180766