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Glitter sparkles on every page of this genuine treasure by Kate Spohn, whose work has been described as "truly extraordinary" by the Horn Book Reviewand "luminous" by Kirkus Reviews. This is a tender sea song, sung to sleepy mermaid babies by mer-mommies and mer-daddies. From the tapping of the sea urchins and the sound of bubbly voices to flashing fish and the circle of mermaid dancers, children will be lulled by words as soothing as lapping waves and captivated by art that is joyful and inviting.
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Spohn's mermaid babies and their mer-parents flatter the lilt of the text, and bring an engrossing otherworldliness to each page of this lullaby. The imagery is honeyedbabies with little shell-like ears and starfish-like hands are tucked into seaweed sheets, a serenade is comprised of the sounds of fiddler crabs, tapping sea urchins, and singing whales--and the tone and cadence are pleasingly dulcet. The book closes with a celebration that the mer-folk conduct as their young head for dreamland (``Listen to the bubbly voices of mer-mommies and daddies/as they hang found-lost treasure in the ocean-ashed ballroom/and sweep shell shapes into the sandy floor''). The illustrations are a pastel swarm of aquas and turquoise and warm yellows, the edges softened as though seen through water. To all this Spohn adds a judicious icing of golden glitter that, for once, is less a gimmick and more a suggestion of the sparkle of light. (Picture book. 2-5) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
Swirls of glitter add a dreamy dazzle to this bedtime book. Spohn's (Dog and Cat Make a Splash) meltingly soft paintings, in fresh pastel colors, show "mer-mommies and daddies" tucking their little ones in for the night. Spohn tunes the listener's ear for the "lullaby" of sea sounds: "Let your bright eyes shut/ as your sweet shell ears hear an ocean song," including smiling crabs "fiddling" and a school of fish "flashing." Lyrical lines croon, "Sleepy, sleepy mermaid babies,/ time to hold mermaid dolls/ in your tiny starfish hands"; the illustration shows four babies, each in its own pod of apple-green seaweed sheets, curled up with fish-tailed cuddly miniature figures of themselves. Between the delectable pictures and the soft lull of the wordsAthe glitter merely heightens the appealAthis siren song will float children off into sweet, sweet dreams. Ages 2-5.
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Book Description Random House Books for Young R, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110679891757