ROCK-A-BYE-BABY by John Kanzler


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This traditional lullaby finds its illustrative focus in a chubby-cheeked baby bear.

A plethora of smiling stars follows the cub as the tree bough breaks, and the youngster gleefully turns his blanket into a parachute with a pillow to cushion the fall. Grand in stature, Mama Bear enters the scene and rocks babe first in arms and then by cradle, until the tot nestles back on her shoulder. Tactile elements enhance the padded cover; foil-stamped stars shine over the little one’s textured head. The smiling man in the moon looks in on the loving exchanges between mother and child. Purple music notes provide a literal interpretation for the rhythmic song. Abundant, soothing pastels permeate each spread with lavender and rosy shades. Lilting lines bring quiet resolution with the babe's eventual slumber. “Wee little fingers / eyes wide and bright / Now sound asleep until morning light.”

An extremely soft interpretation of a beloved song. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-58925-853-2
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Tiger Tales
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2011


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