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Summary: A mother elephant sings soothing notes to help her baby fall asleep. She describes what other animals and/or their babies dream about'. This is soothing poem that shares the dreams of several animals--and the continuing plea from Mama Elephent for her baby to go to sleep!
Type of Reading: bedtime story
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 1 to 5
Age of Child: Started reading with child 4 months old; still reading at 2 years.
Young Reader Reaction: Immediately drawn in by the colors of the illustrations. It was set aside for awhile when s/he wanted to participate in reading. Now (20 months) we get daily requests at naptime and bedtime for 'susha.'
Adult Reader Reaction: A beautiful, soothing poem that is what the title says: a lullaby. The illustrations are beautiful, and the fanciful dreams of the other animals make it fun.
Pros: The lullaby/poem flows smoothly, and the illustrations are beautiful. It's nice to have some different jungle animals (e.g., ostrich). The fanciful descriptions are great for demonstrating and encouraging imaginative thought.
Cons: This is a hardcover book with 'museum' quality paper. If you want to keep it as a treasure, you may need to hold off on reading it until the little one understands how to turn pages gently.
Borrow or Buy: It's definitely worth borrowing at the library. If you don't buy it, add it to your wishlist as a gift item. This will probably be one of those poems that gets read for each generation.