Wynken, Blynken, and Nod: A Poem
Book: Wynken, Blynken, and Nod: A Poem , by Eugene Field, E. Field, J. Westerman, ISBN10: 1558584226, ISBN13: 9781558584228, North-South Books, Inc., September 1995, Hardcover
Eugene Field (1850-1895) is best known for his children's poetry.
Giselle Potter is the illustrator of "The Boy Who Loved Words "by Roni Schotter, which received two starred reviews, "The Littlest Grape Stomper "by Alan Madison, and "Kate and the Beanstalk "(a "Publishers Weekly "and "School Library Journal "Best Book and ALA Notable Book). She lives in Kingston, New York.
"From the Hardcover edition."
Westerman is a graduate of Scripps College, where hse majored in studio art.
In this bedtime poem, three fishermen in a wooden shoe catch stars in their nets of silver and gold.
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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