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WYNKEN, BLYNKEN, AND NOD by Eugene W. Field

WYNKEN, BLYNKEN, AND NOD

By Eugene W. Field (Author) , Giselle Potter (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: May 13th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-375-84196-5
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random

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)