Books by Eugene W. Field

WYNKEN, BLYNKEN, AND NOD by Eugene W. Field
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2008

Field's 19th-century poem, originally entitled "Dutch Lullaby," serves as the vehicle for this visual exegesis of the celestial text. One night, fishermen Wynken, Blynken and Nod sail off in a wooden shoe on "a river of crystal light, into a sea of dew" to catch herring in their nets of silver and gold. But the herring are actually little stars, and Wynken, Blynken and Nod spend the night catching them before returning with their nets full. Field's text poses the possibility that this unworldly venture might not be a bedtime dream, and Potter reinforces the dream theme by portraying Wynken, Blynken and Nod as three wide-eyed little men in matching green suits, red caps and wooden shoes. Sailing their shoe vessel into a nocturnal landscape of giant tulips, the three fishermen converse with the man-in-the-moon, cast their nets into a midnight-blue, herring-spangled sky and glide home to their windmill. The hand-lettered text and mixed-media illustrations rendered in nighttime blues and greens lend an imaginative, dream-like quality to the ethereal text. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
WYNKEN, BLYNKEN, AND NOD by Eugene W. Field
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

In a fresh visual interpretation of this classic, McPhail infuses the text with a vitality extending and enriching the familiar lullaby. Three fishermen rabbits inhabit the magical dream-like realm, climbing aboard the wooden shoe, catching stars in nets of silver and gold, ending their journey, transported back to the world of a child ready for sleep. The luscious, luminous colors create a deep, dark night sprinkled with sparkling stars, intensifying the magic and mood, casting a drowsy calm and prelude to sleep. Blues take on a range from a dark inky sky to a delicate, translucent sea. Swooshing forms transport reader and rabbits up to the stars and finally down to the bed where a sleepy one snuggles with three tired bunnies. McPhail sets the stage for a likely bed-time ritual, replete with reciting and relishing this still-perfect poem. Absolutely lovely. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >