WYNKEN, BLYNKEN, AND NOD takes children on a magical journey into the night sky where three fishermen sail in a wooden shoe, capturing the stars in nets of silver and gold and laughing with the moon. And when the nighttime adventure comes to an end, the wooden shoe brings the fishermen home to the real world of a child fast asleep.With soft ...Read MoreWYNKEN, BLYNKEN, AND NOD takes children on a magical journey into the night sky where three fishermen sail in a wooden shoe, capturing the stars in nets of silver and gold and laughing with the moon. And when the nighttime adventure comes to an end, the wooden shoe brings the fishermen home to the real world of a child fast asleep.With soft illustrations and rhythmic rhyme, this lullaby poem will help energetic toddlers settle down and have sweet dreams as they snuggle into their beds.Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 2004-02-16 Unlike many well-known interpretations of Field's classic poem, McPhail's (Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore!) version of this perennial favorite emphasizes the book's original purpose as a lullaby sung by a parent to a child. Idyllic and tranquil, the pictures seem both familiar and comforting. The famous fishermen themselves look a lot like Beatrix Potter rabbits and are virtually indistinguishable from each other except for their costumes. The child to whom the "mother" (the parent here looks like a child herself) sings resembles a 1930s porcelain doll, with a pageboy haircut and glassy blue eyes. McPhail ties the story about the fisherman, the moon and the catching of herring-fish stars to the child's room by having the bunnies in the story pour out their pastel stars on top of her trundle bed, where they form a star pattern on her quilt. As the narrator explains the meaning of the characters' names, readers can see the bunny ears of the child's three stuffed animals peeking out from beneath the quilt. A final image of the wooden shoe boat floating out the window suggests that the child is about to dream the story as she sleeps. A peaceful, soothing interpretation that will appeal to those looking to re-create a world of innocence. All ages. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1998-10-26 PW praised Westerman's "thoroughly dreamlike" characters and setting in her "soothing" interpretation of a classic bedtime verse. Ages 5-8. (Oct.)
Publishers Weekly, 1995-10-09 Inspired by Field's bedtime poem with its night sky of ``twinkling foam,'' Westerman (The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat) conjures forth an eerie, luminous sea- and skyscape, aglitter with splendid silver ``herring fish'' stars. Three children and their cat enact the roles of Field's fishermen as they sail off in a wooden shoe boat, its sail made from a patched sheet. While not surrealistic, the characters and setting are thoroughly dreamlike. The artist's predominantly blue-green palette influences not only the pictures of the sea and moon, but also the children's faces. They stare like ghostly sleepwalkers, their countenances reflecting the blue of the sky, while the crater-mottled moon floats off through the sea's ruffled waves. The night-as-sea illustrations echo the imagery of the text, but Westerman adds more action with the children returning home, anchoring their boat to the chimney and climbing through a gabled window to their bed. Westerman's inventive design elements (the real bedroom's quilt and decor are similar to the visual motifs in the dreamscape) provide a soothing accompaniment for the familiar text, a staple for bedtime reading. Ages 3-6. (Sept.)
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