Wynken, Blynken and Nod

Posted by: , July 27, 2008 in 11:55 pm

Children story, Book reviewLately there’s a lot more bedtime reading going on in my house.  With daylight lasting until after 8:00 p.m., I’m doing a lot more story telling in order to soothe the kids to sleep.  A recent favorite has been Wynken, Blynken and Nod by Eugene Field.  This classic children’s story, first published in 1889, weaves a dreamy tale of a little boy’s fantasy fishing trip through the starry nighttime sky in a wooden shoe.

Along the way, Wynken, Blynken and Nod meet the old moon and talk to the stars while casting their nets of silver and gold.  At the end we find Mother singing to a sleepy Nod of the “wonderful sights that be.”

The illustrations on each page by Giselle Potter are as beautiful as the story itself.  Both my kids protest each time I try to turn the page until they see the “pretty pictures”.  This is a truly magical story, one that I look forward to reading each and every night, and it’s become the “grand finale” to our reading routine.


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