As the day draws to a close in the animal kingdom, a mother swan hopes one more glide around the pond will send her young ones off to sleep. This collection of sweet-dream lullabies by award-winning novelist Pam Conrad is perfect for the nursery set. Adults and children alike will recognize themselves in the gently humorous lullabies, full of the rustles and flutters of bedtime and the promise of safe slumber. Full color.
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Various adult creatures--among them, prairie dogs, oysters, beavers, crocodiles--sing their children to sleep in their own particular styles. The swan's lullaby (to ``swanlings'' instead of cygnets) is smooth and mesmerizing, the giraffe is quietly reassuring. Some of the others are downright noisy: The mother beaver calls her babies home with a ``SLAP! SLAP! WHACKUM!'' of her tail, and the mother crocodile threatens to eat intruders alive in ``Alligator Lullaby.'' In a final twist, the owl mother gently sings her daughter awake. Cowdrey sets the mood with midnight blue endpapers spangled with stars and a crescent moon. His stylized illustrations present the animals from a variety of interesting angles. Many of the illustrations appear to be silvered by moonlight, and the book has a pleasant design with framed full-page illustrations facing text printed on blocks of shaded color. For purists, occasional inconsistencies detract from the whole--the name of baby swans, for example, or the chimpanzees in the picture that accompanies ``Monkey Lullaby.'' Overall, though, it's a very pleasant bedtime book. (Picture book. 3-7) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-4?Ten animals use words of reassurance as nighttime envelops their habitat. A giraffe croons to her nephew, "Be still, my sweetheart,/your momma's on her way." An alligator warns potential predators, "Stay away now or I'll eat you alive!" A prairie dog whispers, "Hush, it's only darkness./Hush, it's just the wind." Cowdrey's lovely, dreamlike illustrations will draw readers to this book, but the poems have sometimes jarring, less-than-lyrical lines. An inviting drawing of a starfish and an oyster scraping the ocean floor is matched with this opening phrase: "The sea is deep and dark at night./Clat. Clat. Clatty dunk./Time to close up tight." On the other hand, the final selection, "Owl's Lullaby to Her Daughter," perfectly matches the comforting portrait of mother owl waking her sleeping owlet for a nighttime rendezvous. All in all, the poems vary in effectiveness while Cowdrey's dark-toned watercolors are uniformly arresting.?Barbara McGinn, Oak Hill Elementary School, Severna Park, MD
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Book Description A Laura Geringer Book, Harper Collins Publishers, 1997. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Cowdrey, Richard (illustrator). First Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 1st Ed. so stated, 1st Printing, numbered 1 thru 10, HB/DJ, new. Beautiful colored illustrations and jacket art done by Richard Cowdrey. This is Richard's debut as a children's book illustrator. He has done work for American Education Publishing, Harcourt Brace, Macmillan/McGraw Hil, and Nestle. Author Conrad is a winner of the 1991 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, and its sequel. Summary: As the day draws to a close, animal parents, from giraffes to oysters, guard and hush their offspring in this collection of bedtime poems. Bookseller Inventory # 816
Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060247185
Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-001-58-8939008
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