Baby Bat's Lullaby

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Mama and her precious baby bat wake up at dusk ready to take a flight into the sky. Together they soar and explore, relishing each tender moment spent with each other until bedtime at dawn. New York Times best–selling author Jacquelyn Mitchard's soothing bedtime rhyme and Julia Noonan's soaring images capture the simple joys and special love shared by a mother and child.

Ages 3 – 6

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About the Author:

New York Times bestseller Jacquelyn Mitchard's novels include The Deep End of the Ocean, Twelve Times Blessed, and The Breakdown Lane. She is also the author of The Rest of Us: Dispatches from the Mother Ship, a collection of her newspaper columns. She lives with her husband and six children in Madison, Wisconsin.



Julia Noonan's many award-winning books for children include Baby Bat's Lullaby by Jacquelyn Mitchard and When the Moon is High by Alice Schertle. Her own books include The Very Best Doll and Hare and Rabbit: Friends Forever. Ms. Noonan has two children and makes her home in Stony Brook, New York.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 1–Mitchard infuses poetic freshness and a delicately compelling tone into the familiar format of a bedtime story, as a mother bat comforts her little one: "Dearer than night,/Brown eyes bright,/My jewel so soft,/My dancer aloft,/My baby bat." Done in acrylic and oil paints, the striking and endearing artwork reflects the creatures' environment, activities, personalities, and–most importantly–the tender affection they share. The illustrations encompass images as diverse as a red barn surrounded by newly ploughed fields, a close-up of the young bat stalking mosquitoes, and the cozy wood-beamed rafters of home. Baby bat's play among the white-pink mallows, set against the backdrop of a deep blue sky that's fading to daylight, is both dramatic and charming. However, it is in the depictions of the relationship between mother and child that Noonan displays her gift for echoing and amplifying the emotions of the descriptive verses. The idea of going to sleep at daybreak is unique in a bedtime story, and lovable bats aren't hanging in droves from children's bookshelves. With its spare, exquisite language and its evocative artwork, this lullaby is as soothing as it is entrancing.–Susan Weitz, Spencer-Van Etten Schools, Spencer, NY
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