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. Volume XXIII Number 34. . . .May 12, 2017
Lullaby Lilly tells the story of an energetic and passionate little girl who loves words and singing but is having trouble writing a lullaby. In search of the perfect original lullaby, “something new and spectacular”, Lilly enlists her mother’s help. Together in the garden, mother and daughter begin chanting fanciful rhymes, feeding off one another’s creativity. They chant about soft pussy willows, grumbling thunder, and sour gooseberries, all things that Lilly has seen, heard, tasted, smelled, and touched before. Lilly is left feeling empowered, knowing that she can create lullabies with a touch of imagination and the world around her for inspiration.
Laurie Muirhead’s text is teaming with alliteration and rhyme, making Lullaby Lilly a wonderfully rhythmic and fun book to read aloud. Caregivers, librarians, or teachers may enjoy singing the mother’s part while children chant Lilly’s lines in a call and response pattern, encouraging a positive shared reading experience. The book’s emphasis on rhyme and song also makes it a strong tool for supporting phonological awareness. For older readers who may already be writing poetry, the narrative highlights the importance of tapping into the five senses during the writing process, drawing on feelings and personal observations for creativity. Debora Johnson’s illustrations mirror Muirhead’s cheerful writing style by painting with bold brushstrokes and incorporating bright colours and movement into fanciful full page spreads.
Chloe Humphreys is a newly minted librarian with a passion for children’s literature and reading. She works at Vancouver Public Library and lives in beautiful North Vancouver, BC.
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