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Goodnight Songs: Illustrated by Twelve Award-Winning Picture Book Artists (Volume 1) Hardcover – Audiobook, March 4, 2014

4.4 out of 5 stars 153 ratings

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From School Library Journal

PreS—This unique book was a long time in the making: more than 20 years ago, various unpublished works of the late, great author were discovered in her sister's barn, including many song lyrics. Presented here for the first time are 12 of Brown's lullabies, each one illustrated by a different award-winning picture-book artist. Each spread showcases the unique style of the illustrator and brings to life Brown's dulcet text. In "the noon balloon," Renata Liwska's dreamy pencil work is used to full effect as softly textured animals drift away for a midday snooze. Sean Qualls's fanciful and luminous nighttime sky perfectly accompanies the text: "When the man in the moon was a little boy…. He ran away with a shooting star." Carin Berger's collage scene for "When I Close My Eyes at Night" features 3D-like silhouettes of a sleeping village and billowing clouds that look like striped pajama pants. Nine other artists lend their talents, including Jonathan Bean, Sophie Blackall, Linda Bleck, Christopher Silas Neal, Zachariah Ohora, Eric Puybaret, Isabel Roxas, Melissa Sweet, and Dan Yaccarino. There is a timeless feel to many of Brown's lyrics ("Sleep like a rabbit, sleep like a bear./Sleep like the old cat under the chair"; "Baby, sail the seven seas/Safely in my arms. When the waves go up and down/You are safe from harm"), and children will respond to the gentle rhythms and soothing language. Accompanying the book is a CD with songs composed and sung by singer/songwriters Tom Proutt and Emily Gary. These tranquil poems are best shared one-on-one, preferably in the lap of a caring adult right before tuck-in time. Nothing but sweet dreams could possibly follow.[Ed. note: See p. 40 for a piece about this volume's intriguing backstory.]—Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal

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When Amy Gary, the editor of the Margaret Wise Brown estate was rummaging through Brown’s sister’s barn attic 20 years ago, she found the treasure of a lifetime: unpublished manuscripts, poem fragments, and song lyrics left by Brown, who died unexpectedly after a routine appendectomy. Some of that treasure trove appears here for the first time in print. Although a CD (unheard by this reviewer) accompanies the book, these tiny offerings can also be read as poetry. Each spread places the text against an illustration by a different, distinguished artist, including Carin Berger, Sophie Blackall, Sean Qualls, and Melissa Sweet. The pieces, for the most part, are quite simple and employ repetition that will appeal to little ones, although it can be overused, as in Wooden Town. In other selections, such as The Secret Song, there is more to consider: Who saw the petals / Drop from the rose? / ‘I,’ said the spider. / ‘But nobody knows.’ The charming artwork pushes this up several notches, and Brown’s many adult fans will be happy to share this. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ilene Cooper

Product details

  • Publisher : Sterling Children's Books; Har/Com edition (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: : English
  • Hardcover : 28 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1454904461
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1454904465
  • Reading age : 3 - 6 years
  • Lexile measure : NP
  • Grade level : Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
  • Dimensions : 10.25 x 0.5 x 10.25 inches
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