Lullabies: An Illustrated Songbook

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Words and music for thirty-seven of the most beloved traditional lullabies are gathered in this lavishly illustrated songbook. From the enduring “Rock-a-Bye Baby” to the winsome “Brahms’ Lullaby” to the amusing “Little Boy Blue,” each song is thoughtfully matched with works of art from the Metropolitan Museum’s vast collections. Paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Mary Cassatt, a photograph by Eliot Porter of his infant son, and an Eskimo stone carving of a mother and child are among the many works that grace the pages of this stunning book.

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K Up?A beautiful combination of art and music as, once again, artwork from the Metropolitan Museum of Art illustrates classic lullabies. As was true in Go In and Out the Window (Holt, 1987) and Songs of the Wild West (S & S, 1991), the art gives each of the songs its own personality and underlines both its message and its feeling. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "Toora Loora Loora," and "Rock-a-Bye, Baby" are among the selections included. Scenes of mother and baby are everywhere. Works from artists such as American Maurice Prendergast, accompanying the song "Baby's Bed's a Silver Moon," and French artist Maurice Boutet de Monvel illustrating the lullaby "Fais Dodo" wrap this book in an aura of love and gentleness. The photographs are particularly effective. Alma Lavenson's "Hand Studies?Child with Doll" illustrates "Rock-a-Bye, Baby," conjuring up images of children everywhere rocking their "babies." Eliot Porter's "Jonathan," showing a blissfully sleeping baby, thumb in mouth, is perfectly paired with "All Through the Night." This is a lovely book for parents, grandparents, and lovers of babies everywhere. The songs have arrangements that capture both the mood and the sense of the selection. Unfortunately, many of them are arranged so that at least one page must be turned to play the whole song. A minor flaw in an otherwise stellar collection.?Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
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