You've probably noticed that I love the New Books shelf at my local library. It's like a gold mine for finding great new books! And I had never noticed it until a few months ago. Anyway, on our last visit to the library, I found Sleep, Baby, Sleep by Maryann Cusimano Love sitting on that shelf. It looked like something M, who is nearly 3, would love. So I picked it up.
I'm so glad I did! This is an absolutely wonderful bedtime book. Each page features a soothing rhyme encouraging children to grow, climb, soar and dream. Here's one example:
Hush, baby, hush.In addition to the soothing rhymes and wonderful messages about growing and experiencing life, this picture book is filled with soft watercolor illustrations that bring the story to life. Each rhyme relates the child's development to an animal, as you can see in the excerpt above, and the illustrations show the animal in the midst of the activity being described in the rhyme. M's favorite page features beautiful butterflies flying through the sky, encouraging children to grow and spread their wings.
Growing can't be rushed.
Be always like the newborn foal
with whispered wind songs in his soul.
Hush, baby, hush
I highly recommend this book. M and I both love it. It is a beautiful picture book that is perfect for bedtime with little ones.
This review was written based on a copy of Sleep, Baby, Sleep that I borrowed from the library.