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Wynken, Blynken, and Nod Hardcover – May 13, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375841962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375841965
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2—Potter's fanciful, artistic interpretation is ideal for this 19th-century poem about the wistful place between sleep and dreams. Wynken, Blynken, and Nod are portrayed as three young boys in matching green pajamas, wooden shoes, and red hats. They embark in their vessel, a large wooden shoe, and sail "...on a river of crystal light,/Into a sea of dew." Sea and sky flow into one another and soon the lads are speeding through the air, where the "little stars" are "herring fish" and the young fishermen cast their nets. The wooden shoe brings them home, where readers learn that the episode is a lullaby sung by a mother to her son who is tucked in bed, snug in his green pajamas with his toy fish. Done in Potter's characteristic style, each spread is a dreamy still life; the mixed-media paintings are drenched in the calming blues of the sea and sky, and the muted hues lend a soporific tone. There is an otherworldly quality to the artwork, and a note describes why the illustrator was attracted to this poem. Share this vividly imagined book with youngsters who need a little help gaining entry to the world of dreams.—Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI
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PreS-Gr. 1. Few texts have inspired so many picture books as Field's familiar bedtime rhyme. In this large-format book, McPhail's interpretation sends three bunnies, clothed as sailors, off in the wooden shoe that sails through a dreamy version of the night sky and into the bedroom of a little girl. After they scatter stars onto her blanket, and she quickly falls asleep, they glide back toward the benevolent moon. Rich with deep, soft colors, the illustrations sweep broadly across the double-page spreads. The same sailors and wooden shoe appear on nearly every spread, which could have been yawn inducing in itself. But McPhail smoothly varies the perspective and composition from scene to scene, so like the lullaby itself, the pictures suggest rhythm, grace, and mystery. A natural for reading aloud, and even better for singing aloud, this book may become a bedtime favorite. Carolyn Phelan
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Absolutely timeless poem with beautiful illustrations.
Katherine Kading
A friend asked me to purchase this book for her great granddaughter, and she was absolutely delighted with the illustrations.
J. Williams
This was one of the books my mother would read to my sister and I at bedtime when we were children.
Happy Grandpappy

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was not introduced to this poem until I was 18. We were performing it in concert as a part of Midge of Gold which is a collection of children's tales set to music. I fell in love with it and when I found out it was an actual book, it became one of the first gifts I give to parents and children. The melody is one that stays with me and it's a great lulaby. This book is worth more than what you will pay for it. I have not met one person who read it as a child and didn't love it. The poem and illustrations are wonderful. Buying this book for your child, or any child, is a great investment.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a book that my father grew up on, and after having kids of his own, read it to us. As we grew up, this book had somehow disappered, and, having missed it so much, set upon looking for it on the internet. This is a beutiful children story, but not only for children... Don't miss it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 2000
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that is as captivating as it is beautiful. It's a wonderful bedtime tradition, for both children and parents. This amazing poem is a timeless classic; there's always something new to discover from the entrancing journey of our trio of fishermen! It's perfect for people of all ages. Come along, and bring somebody you love on the voyage on Wynken, Blynken, and Nod; you won't regret it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Happy Grandpappy on January 9, 2011
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This was one of the books my mother would read to my sister and I at bedtime when we were children. I loved the story so much and have such fond memories that I wanted to share it with my grandchildren. There is great pleasure to be had in spending time reading to children. Classic chlidrens books like this can help to teach them to have dreams and ambitions of their own.

So sad that they are surrounded with so much garbage today that passes for childrens literature and entertainment. Read good books to your children, invest the time to teach them of higher standards, loftier goals, adventure and as in the case of this book the beauty of nature and the security of a happy home.

A simple book for very young children with a simple message that will remain a lifetime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Kading on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely timeless poem with beautiful illustrations. This book is so wonderful to read at bedtime. The large glossy pictures keep my 2 year old's attention from start to finish!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dawn De Lorenzo on January 9, 2010
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This is an ideal version of Field's classic poem for little ones who adore books with animals. Wynken, Blinken, and Nod are portrayed as bunnies clad in sailor-suits. The pictures are as dreamy as the poem and take us into their sleepy world. These drowsy, drifting bunnies end up in a little girl's room and leave behind some sleepy dust (stars) and she slumbers peacefully.

If you absolutely adore this poem, I would highly recommed Jim Shore's figurine depicting Wynken, Blynken, and Nod as three sleepy children sailing off to slumber Jim Shore Winken Blinken and Nod Figurine. It is one of the most beautiful figurines I ever laid eyes on!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Hogan on April 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My 3 month old son loves these illistrations by David McPhail. I was surprised to see his intrest in this classy, sophisticated, large hardback. My 7 year daughter old has enjoyed it for years. We also used it as an early reader until it was completely memorized. We loved it even more when her great grandmother (my Mamaw) told us how her mother used to recite this poem to her every night when she was a little girl. Interesting notes about author and poem are inside the paper cover. Great classic poem by Eugene W. Field. Take good care of this beautiful book its a keeper to hand down for generations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brynnlux on December 29, 2013
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I loved this poem when I was little, so I wanted a cute book with the poem for my own little one. I found this and have been very happy. We have the board book version with the three children in the wooden shoe on the cover. The mother is a young looking redhead. Not sure if all the illustrations are the same based on some of the reviews. The illustrations in our copy are lovely. My daughter loves looking at them. She is only 2 and can nearly recite the entire poem on her own because we have read it to her so often. My husband and I have it memorized completely and recite it with and without the book all the time for her.
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