Lullaby Moons and a Silver Spoon: A Book of Bedtime Songs and Rhymes
Little, Brown & Co., 2003 (2003)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ullaby Moons and a Silver Spoon
is a collection of literary lullabies and lyrics elegantly illustrated by Brooke Dyer. Some, like Eugene Field's
Wynken, Blynken and Nod
, are traditional, while others were new to me.
t's easy to visualize the North and South Winds biting and baking in Vachel Lindsay's
The Moon's the North Wind's Cookie
. Then there's Roger McGough's
with her '
silvery needles / knitting the night
' and Mary Jane Carr's magical
Shop of Dreams
Shop of dreams is up on a hill, / Close to the morning star
ome are whimsical, such as Jack Prelutsky's
Last Night I Dreamed of Chickens
or Brian Patten's
The Man in the Moon has lost his shoe
'). Others, like Malachy Doyle's gift of the secret of
The Dancing Tiger
to a great-grandchild, are magical. And the final
verse by Nancy Willard, '
Rock me in the alphabet / and let the letters sing
' speaks for the entire collection.
ou'll linger over both the lyrics (best read aloud) and the gorgeous detail and textures of the illustrations in this picture book.
Lullaby Moons and a Silver Spoon
is a keeper, the perfect bedtime companion.
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