Goodnight Songs: A Celebration of the Seasons (Includes CD)
Goodnight Songs: A Celebration of the Seasons (Includes CD)
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Annotation: A previously unpublished collection of twelve lullabies, illustrated by contemporary, award-winning artists including Jonathan Bean, Sophie Blackall, Renata Liwska, and Dan Yaccarino.
Genre: Visual arts
Catalog Number: #110677
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Sterling
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Illustrator: Brown, Peter,, Cooper, Floyd,, Espinosa, Leo,, Gomez, Blanca,, Idle, Molly,, MacKay, Elly,, Shin, Dadu,, Small, David,, Staake, Bob,, Tone, Satoe,, Viva, Frank,, Wiggins, Mick,
Pages: 36
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-454-90447-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-454-90447-2
Dewey: 782.42
LCCN: 2013037539
Dimensions: 27 cm. +
Language: English
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1&12; Following 2014's Goodnight Songs (Sterling), this second volume of previously unpublished poems and songs by the legendary Brown is just as enchanting and handsomely produced as the first. Twelve poems about the seasons are brought to life through art and music. Heavy hitters like David Small, Peter Brown, Molly Idle, Frank Viva, and Bob Staake join up-and-coming illustrators from around the globe such as Leo Espinoza, Dadu Shin, and Blanca Gomez. The book opens with "To a Child," the soothingly surreal invitation to "run away/To a long unscheduled day," paired with Floyd Cooper's dreamy oil-wash-on-board illustrations. Subsequent poems inspire young readers to notice the natural world around them and appreciate the wondrous activity inspired by the changing seasons. There's much whimsy to be found: in "The Song of the Tiny Cat," readers hear the tale of a jaunty feline "no bigger than a puzzy willow"; in "Bunny Jig," Small's energetic line and pitch-perfect visual timing elevate the humor of this toe-tapping ditty; and Idle's clever interpretation of Brown's "Advice to Bunnies" is as chuckle-worthy as it is charming. Along with the playfulness and joy, Brown's verses also offer young listeners opportunities to reflect on the melancholia of change. In "Cherry Tree," Elly MacKay's red-suited little girl makes a snow angel while lamenting that her "dear tree/Where the cherries were red/Is frozen and gray,/The birds are all fled." Parents with a young child on their lap are sure to be moved by "Love Song of the Little Bear," and the refrain "It's a long time that I've loved you. Never, never go away." As in the first book, an included CD features Tom Proutt and Emily Gary's musical renditions of each of Brown's songs. Their lilting folk harmonies, country- and jazz-infused rhythms, accompanied on various tracks by mandolin, accordion, tympani, bass clarinet, and harmonica, elevate the verses and offer listeners a more complete sensory experience. VERDICT Whether read or sung aloud, this essential collection is made to be shared&12;and no doubt will be, again and again.&12; Kiera Parrott , School Library Journal
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School Library Journal (8/1/15)
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: NP

Some fine day, just run away To a long unscheduled day To where great clouds go sailing by Above the birds and butterfly. Fluffy clouds, butterflies, furry bunnies, and life from a bug's-eye view: This stunning sequel to the New York Times bestseller Goodnight Songs celebrates the beauty and wonder of nature all year long. Once again, a treasure trove of Margaret Wise Brown's newly uncovered verses receives loving treatment from 12 award-winning artists, including Floyd Cooper, Peter Brown, David Small, Molly Idle, and Bob Staake. From a little bear singing one morning in May to a soft snowfall, mysterious, deep, and glowing, each song is magical. An accompanying CD, with lilting songs beautifully composed and sung by Emily Gary and Tom Proutt, makes this the perfect gift for children.

To a child
The song of the tiny cat
Love song of the little bear
Buzz, buzz, buzz
Bunny jig
Advice to bunnies
Fall of the year
Quiet in the wilderness
The kitten's dream
Cherry tree
Winter adventure

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