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Tuesday 7 April 2015

Review: Lullaby & Kisses Sweet

Lullaby & Kisses Sweet is a great introduction to poetry for the very young. The subtitle on the cover is “poems to love with your baby” and it’s an apt description of the book’s contents.

The poems by various writers are divided into five categories: family, food, firsts, play and bedtime. They are poems that use rhyme, and are about subjects babies will recognise easily.

‘Snack Time’ is one of the short and simple poems. It’s only six lines, including two onomatopoeic lines describing eating apple slices and orange wedges. ‘Blocks’ uses counting to describe playing with a favourite toy, and the first line of ‘Sandman’ is where the book takes its title from.

Colourful cartoon-like illustrations accompany each poem, starting with the picture of a mother waking her baby in the morning and ending with them saying goodnight.

Dip in and out of the poems, or read Lullaby & Kisses Sweet from start to finish and enjoy the language play with your baby.

Title: Lullaby & Kisses Sweet
Author: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrator: Alyssa Nassner
Publisher: Abrams, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: March 2015
Format: Board book
ISBN: 9781419710377
For ages: 0-2
Type: Picture book