|J is for Jumbo*|
Today's Perfect Picture Book Friday pick helps celebrate National Poetry Month.
by Laura Krauss Melmed and Henri Sorensen
Written by Laura Krauss Melmed
Illustrated by Henri Sorensen
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1999
fiction, ages 2-9
word count 315
Parental love, Animals, Bedtime
Shusha, shusha, Mama's darling,
stars are twinkling up high,
flickering like little fishes
in the river of the sky.
In their midst the moon is flosting,
glowing with a gentle light,
like a pearly water lily
that has blossomed in the night.
Shusha, shusha, little Jumbo,
Mama's love will hold you tight.
This rhyming picture book begins with an elephant shushing her baby to sleep. The text follows the animals of the savannah as they sing their lullabies. But as the story progresses, the verses move from realistic to dreamy. Though the lions may dream of the day they will grow up to be hunters, the hippo dreams she has butterfly wings. Sweet, charming, and clever. This book includes one page of back matter which explains a few details about the real Jumbo.
What I Love:
This follow-up to the Melmed / Sorensen classic, I Love You As Much, may not be as perfect, but it is a great addition to any bedtime routine nonetheless. Laura Krauss Melmed's verse rarely falters. And Henri Sorensen proves he is a master illustrator of both the realistic and the fantastic. I love his gazelles which leap above the clouds.
And the last stanza makes me sigh along with the narrator:
Wrapped in shadow, hidden thicket,
misty marsh, or grassland's sweep,
those who are awake by daylight
close their eyes and welcome sleep.
Now that you are sleeping too, dear,
how I sigh with sweet relief.
Slumber peacefully, my darling,
Mama's love is wide and deep.
|Courtesy Learn Create Love|
2. Discover the facts about the real-life elephantine marvel, Jumbo from the Barnum Museum.
3. Hear more African lullabies on Songs From the Baobab.
5. Craft and ostrich with this printable.
6. Cook authentic Chicken Yassa or chin chin from Kadi's African Recipes.
7. Ready to try your hand at a little verse? Scholastic offers online workshops with Jack Prelutsky, Jean Marzollo, and Karla Kuskin.
8. Here are some other Perfect Picture Books you might enjoy.
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*Follow the A to Z Challenge.