REVIEW: Winter Lullaby by Dianne White
Rendered with reassuring words and pastoral scenes, this soothing lullaby of a story is sure to settle even the most restless of cubs.
“Mouse is rushing to her nest.
In soft, dry grasses she will rest.”
Geese are calling, a chilly wind is blowing, and the sky is turning gray. Winter is on its way. For Mama Bear and Small Bear, that means it’s time to tuck into their den for a long sleep. But Mouse is scurrying by, and Chipmunk is still gathering nuts beside the lake. And look at Hare and Skunk, still romping through the leaves! Why can’t Small Bear stay up, too? To each question, Mama Bear responds with the coziest of answers, finally painting a dreamy picture of the brightening colors and new adventures that will greet Small Bear in the spring. But first comes sleep, in this irresistible invitation to drowsy little cubs everywhere.
Little Bear doesn’t want to go to bed. If all the other animals are still awake, why can’t he stay up, too? His gentle mother has the perfect answer to each one of his arguments and points out what each one of the animals will be doing soon – sleeping. This would be a great book for parents to read to children who just don’t want to go to bed yet. The quiet rhymes will sooth kids to sleep while they reinforce the message that everyone’s going to sleep. The final image beautifully shows the loving bond between them. B