Mushroom Lullaby

Candlewick. Oct. 2022. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781536219418.
Toddler-PreS–This book begins like a lyrical show-and-tell: “This is a mushroom that grows in the park./ This is a mushroom that glows in the dark./ This is a mushroom growing on a tree./ And this little mushroom is hard to see.” With the turn of each golden page, the natural world of a realistic mushroom tale turns into a miniature journey to a small mushroom home where “you,” the listener, can drop off to sleep in cozy surroundings and dream the night away. By this time, children will have stopped asking questions about how they went from show-and-tell to dollhouse-sized existence, fully entering this mushroom world of warmth and tenderness to settle down to sleep. The rhyming text starts off with mushrooms to look for and ends by being tucked into a snug mushroom bed. The artwork has lots of details that will give the less sleepy opportunities to look for and name things as the pages are turned, without the bother of a narrative plot.
VERDICT A nice way to send children off to post–story hour naps, at least once.

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