Song for a Summer Night, A Lulluby

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Song for a Summer Night, A Lulluby
by Robert Heidbreder, illustrated by Qin Leng
Groundwood Books, 2015

Award-winning children’s poet, Robert Heidbreder writes a soothing, calming story poem, perfect for a nighttime read. This quiet poem is wrapped in Qin Leng’s beautifully-rendered illustrations of joyful children savoring the delights of a summer’s evening.

Written in gentle rhyme, Song for a Summer Night includes song-like repetitions of night sounds.  The ‘glint-glint’ of the fireflies, the pring-pring of bellflowers, and the ‘scratch scratch’ of baby skunks.  Children look out their windows at the night skies and then run into the meadow to feel, stare at, and listen to the night creatures and quiet.  When it’s time to go in:

They slip into beds,
Eyes shut sleep-tight.
They know singing dreams
Will ring round them all night.
shh-shh
glint-glint
pring pring
tra-la-la
snap-snap
tip-tap
hoo-hoo
click-click
purr-purr
scratch-scratch
pound-pound

The story suggests the soft strains of the night sounds carry the children through the next day’s play.

Qin Leng’s ink and brush and digitally painted fanciful scenes bring a quiet beauty and peace to each scene.

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