Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780395715277, 34pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2008
This tender, lyrical song is an outpouring of a young mother’s love for her baby. She compares her little one to every good thing, from roses and pearls to the queen herself, in lovely, simple verses. In the charming subtext created by artist Elizabeth Sayles, the setting is an idyllic twilight world, where fairies and sprites play among the flowers and craft an exquisite gift for the sleeping mother and child.
Collected in the English countryside by 19th-century folklorist Sabine Baring-Gould, the words of the lullaby have come down to us without music. A melody has been composed for this book and appears with simple piano accompaniment following the text. Spoken or sung, Mother’s Song is a romantic rhapsody that goes straight to the listener’s heart.
There is a lovely harmony between the visual and verbal elements here, makling this a sibilant, sentimental mood piece Kirkus Reviews
Greene's text has a lovely, crooning lilt. . . . tranquil visual storytelling.