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Mother's Song: A Lullaby

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Publisher Comments:

This tender, lyrical song is an outpouring of a young mothers love for her baby. She compares her little one to every good thing, from roses and pearls to the queen herself, in lovely, simple verses. In the charming subtext created by artist Elizabeth Sayles, the setting is an idyllic twilight world, where fairies and sprites play among the flowers and craft an exquisite gift for the sleeping mother and child.

Collected in the English countryside by 19th-century folklorist Sabine Baring-Gould, the words of the lullaby have come down to us without music. A melody has been composed for this book and appears with simple piano accompaniment following the text. Spoken or sung, Mothers Song is a romantic rhapsody that goes straight to the listeners heart.

Review:

"An adaptation of an old West Country lullaby, Greene's (Billy Beg and His Bull) text has a lovely, crooning lilt. Its verses extol how the child's wonderfulness either equals or excels the wonders of nature: 'There's not a star that shines on high/ Is brighter than my baby's eye.' These cozy sentiments get a shot of steroids in the unusual, anthem-like final verse, in which the mother is allowed a soaring, possibly rousing wrap-up: 'Ten thousand parks where the deer run/ Ten thousand roses in the sun,/ Ten thousand pearls beneath the sea/ My babe more precious is to me.' Working in velvety pastels, Sayles (I Already Know I Love You) imagines a mother and her child in a garden idyll; tiny fairies frolic around the pair, secretly preparing crowns of flowers and pearls for the lucky humans (who receive them unaware in a gatefold spread at the end). And while the romantically evoked forest landscape, complete with lily pond, and the dreamy palette of twilight blues and greens extend the maternal fantasy, the winged fairies come across as diminutive domestic help, soothing rather than startling. Arrestingly, Sayles uses the fairies to modulate the song's hyperbole, countering the climactic buildup of the text with her tranquil visual storytelling. Ages up to 3." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780395715277
Subtitle:
A Lullaby
Publisher:
Clarion Books
Other:
Levi, Paul Alan
Illustrator:
McCully, Emily Arnold
Illustrator:
Sayles, Elizabeth
Author:
Sayles, Elizabeth
Author:
Greene, Ellin
Subject:
General
Subject:
Folk songs, English
Subject:
Lullabies
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Folk-songs
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Emotions and Feelings
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Hardback - picture book
Publication Date:
20080317
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from P up to P
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
34
Dimensions:
9 x 9 x 0.13 in 0.85 lb
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
02-05

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Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Emotions and Feelings

Mother's Song: A Lullaby
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Product details 34 pages Clarion Books - English 9780395715277 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "An adaptation of an old West Country lullaby, Greene's (Billy Beg and His Bull) text has a lovely, crooning lilt. Its verses extol how the child's wonderfulness either equals or excels the wonders of nature: 'There's not a star that shines on high/ Is brighter than my baby's eye.' These cozy sentiments get a shot of steroids in the unusual, anthem-like final verse, in which the mother is allowed a soaring, possibly rousing wrap-up: 'Ten thousand parks where the deer run/ Ten thousand roses in the sun,/ Ten thousand pearls beneath the sea/ My babe more precious is to me.' Working in velvety pastels, Sayles (I Already Know I Love You) imagines a mother and her child in a garden idyll; tiny fairies frolic around the pair, secretly preparing crowns of flowers and pearls for the lucky humans (who receive them unaware in a gatefold spread at the end). And while the romantically evoked forest landscape, complete with lily pond, and the dreamy palette of twilight blues and greens extend the maternal fantasy, the winged fairies come across as diminutive domestic help, soothing rather than startling. Arrestingly, Sayles uses the fairies to modulate the song's hyperbole, countering the climactic buildup of the text with her tranquil visual storytelling. Ages up to 3." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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