A LULLABY OF SUMMER THINGS by Natalie Ziarnik

A LULLABY OF SUMMER THINGS

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

As a little girl and her family settle down for the night, various objects remind the girl of their happy day at the beach.

“In the twilight blue,” a brown girl with very curly hair runs toward what appears to be a vacation beach home along with her siblings, father, and dog, as her mother waves at them from the house. With each step of getting ready for bed (“Bare feet skipping. / Wet towels dripping”), the girl is reminded of an aspect of “the beach that day— / the sea so cool, the waves at play.” That last couplet becomes a repeated refrain, modulating slightly to adapt to each new scenario. Three siblings and two parents, all of various skin hues and hair textures, say goodnight, while the family dog falls asleep on the floor. The final spread shows the house with a view from the water: “Ocean breezes sigh / your favorite summer lullaby.” The text is simple and lyrical, recalling beach-centered vacations in a way that is accessible to the youngest of children. While the cartoonlike stylings of the characters are friendly and approachable, they come across as a surprising match for the poetic text; still, the palette of purples and yellows, with breaks of ocean blues, is soothing for a bedtime read.

Readers familiar with beach vacations will close the book feeling nostalgic for their own ocean days. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: May 15th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-101-93552-1
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2018




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