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PreS-Gr 2–Readers peek through the thick cover's cut-out of a heavily leafed oak tree to spy a mother with two young squirrels, all bundled in sleep as dawn breaks. Guthrie (1874-1952) wrote the four line poem that serves as the entire text: “To the sun/Who has shone/All day,/To the moon/Who has gone/Away,/To the milk-white/Silk-white/lily-white star,/A fond goodnight/Wherever you are.” Rohmann glides the squirrels from treetops to tumble, limb frolic, then star gaze. A gorgeous play of light carefully tends to the day's progression, alternating wordless scenes with those accompanied by a single line of text. The variety of perspectives adds to the depth of this small book's paintings, which honor the Scottish author's verse.Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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Caldecott Medalist Rohmann tenderly interprets a 30-word poem by Scotsman James Guthrie in this attractive offering with a small, easily held trim size and a die-cut cover. One bright day, two squirrels bounce out of their tree to frolic in the meadow, but after the sky darkens, they return home again, where another, parental squirrel awaits them. The watercolor artwork is warm and sweet but never cloying, and it pairs well with the rhythm of the poem, closing with the narrator’s quiet call: “To the milk-white / Silk-white / Lily-white star, / A fond goodnight / Wherever you are.” The brevity and calmness of the words make this a good just-one-more book at bedtime, and the depictions of the circle of family love and the cycle of the day will inspire many just-one-more kisses before the lights go out. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Andrew Medlar
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596435089
  • ASIN: B005IV1SUW
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.4 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #989,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a very difficult book to review. When I review a picture book, you see, I need a "hook". I need to latch onto some aspect of the product that strikes me as askew, or odd, or out of sorts. It sort of throws me off entirely when I have to deal with something . . . well . . . okay. There's no other word for this. When I have to deal with something . . . touching. And not in a sickly sweet, big-eyelash, rainbows and unicorns kind of way either. Honestly sweet books, the ones that actually hit you here *thumps chest* are the bane of the average children's book reviewer. And Last Song is one such book. Cute without being cloying, adorable without pandering, it's a bedtime book that isn't afraid to embrace its sweetness. Makes my job darned hard, I can tell you.

Just eleven lines of an old Scottish lullaby make up the text of this little book. In it a small squirrel family wakes up and the two kids go out to play. By the end of a long day they go back to the tree and watch the stars come out before tucking back into bed once more. Finishes the poem that makes up the text, "A fond goodnight / Wherever you are."

The bedtime book is a respected institution. Wasn't always that way, of course. When Goodnight Moon was first released it was only a moderate hit and wouldn't hit its full stride until decades down the road. These days it's just taken for granted that certain books are meant for tucking in small children. That is, in a sense, their purpose in this world. When Rohmann found this poem lo these many years ago, I don't know that it would have occurred to him at first to make it into a bedtime book.
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By Britt on December 2, 2013
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Eric Rohmann does AMAZING illustrations!! I love his style and I really wish he had more beautiful books!

This is a very simple story, but cute and beautiful as expected!

I would definitely recommend his other book, "The Cinder-Eyed Cats" to anyone. It's story is along the lines of "Where the Wild Things Are," but rhymes and has the most amazing artwork! I really think it should be on the Caldecott list! His use of light and color in that book are just amazing!
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