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by Lila Prap & illustrated by Lila Prap

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-7358-2097-X
Publisher: NorthSouth

A creative look at what lullabies animals might sing to their babies. From farm and forest animals to reptiles and insects, the more beloved and well-known creatures are found here. Combining animal sounds with gentle rhythms and rhymes, some lullabies are sweet, some filled with imagery and others simply silly: “Chirp, chirp, / chirp, chirp. / Night has come, / the concert’s begun. / All crickets in tune / to the light / of the moon. / Chirp, chirp, / chirp, chirp.” A common denominator in the majority of songs, the moon is cleverly illustrated from the animals’ perspectives. For the chicken, the moon and its surrounding cloud look like an egg over easy. To the mice, the moon is a piece of cheese and to the cats, it’s a ball of string. Prap’s trademark bold textured colors and black borders are evident, but the youngest readers may have trouble identifying some animals because of their overly simple outlines. A sweet bedtime poetry collection, but for lullabies, nothing beats Kate McMullan and David McPhail’s If You Were My Bunny (1996). (Picture book. 3-6)