Jane Yolen’s charming board book is a 51-word poem is dutifully enhanced by Elizabeth O. Dulemba’s illustrations of a dark-haired mermaid mother and child in a pastel toned ocean life. Combining a familiar aspect of a cherished young child’s life, a mother’s love, with an entirely fresh environment, the pages turn in the gentle rhythms beloved by the very young:
“Hush, foam rocker, Sleep, wave maker,
Close your eyes and dream, tide breaker.
Peace, sea talker, Nap, pond wader.
Be a fishy dream invader.
Waves will rock you. Whales will sing you.
Sea stars a soft light will bring you.
Hush, deep diver, shush, shell keeper,
Be your finny mother’s sleeper.”
Kemie Nix ©2019 Parents’ Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children’s Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents’ Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.