Christmas Lullaby, written by Nancy Jewell, illustrated by Stefano Vitale, Clarion Books, 1994. Baby to Toddler to Preschool.
Two years ago, I checked Christmas Lullaby out from our local library. I thought it was a charming poem with lovely illustrations. My then two-year-old son thought we needed our own copy. I ordered one before the three-week check-out period elapsed.
Christmas Lullaby IS a charming poem. It is simple, sweet, poignant and even funny. It could easily be read to the very youngest of listeners. And older ones will enjoy reciting it or reading it to you.
The illustrations ARE lovely. The medium looks like a water color or gouache on grained wood. The effect is stunning, especially for the night sky. Each page turn progresses the action closer and closer to the true reason for celebrating Christmas. The artwork, like the text, is simple, sweet, poignant and even funny. In short, the illustrations match the text perfectly.
We've been reading this book for three Decembers. I predict that we will be reading it for many more.