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WYNKEN, BLYNKEN, AND NOD by Eugene W. Field Kirkus Star


by Eugene W. Field & illustrated by David McPhail

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: March 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-439-54303-7
Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

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)