Wynken Blynken And Nod by Eugene W. Field

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WYNKEN, BLYNKEN AND Nod one night Sailed off in a wooden shoe– Sailed off on a river of crystal light Into a sea of dew . . . So begins Eugene Field’s lovely bedtime poem, which tells of three wee fishermen who sail up to the stars, and a boy who imagines it all before he drifts off to sleep. Field’s timeless text has lulled generations of little listeners into dreamland, and this version, complimented by Giselle Potter’s magical illustrations, is perhaps the most enchanting—and the closest to Fields’ own vision—of all.
 

About Eugene W. Field

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Eugene Field (1850-1895) is best known for his children's poetry. Giselle Potter is the illustrator of The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter, which received two starred reviews, The Littlest Grape Stomper by Alan Madison, and Kate and the Beanstalk (a Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal Best Book and ALA Notable Book). She lives in Kingston, New York.
 
Published December 17, 2012 by Rand McNally. 2 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction

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Johnson's three young fishermen not only sail in a wooden shoe but wear them, along with Dutch-boy pantaloons and caps, and her herring fish for some mason are seen perched on rocks holding their own fishing lines, as are some snails and a lobster beside them.

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Three fishermen rabbits inhabit the magical dream-like realm, climbing aboard the wooden shoe, catching stars in nets of silver and gold, ending their journey, transported back to the world of a child ready for sleep.

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Field’s text poses the possibility that this unworldly venture might not be a bedtime dream, and Potter reinforces the dream theme by portraying Wynken, Blynken and Nod as three wide-eyed little men in matching green suits, red caps and wooden shoes.

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Inspired by Field's bedtime poem with its night sky of ``twinkling foam,'' Westerman (The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat) conjures forth an eerie, luminous sea- and skyscape, aglitter with splendid silver ``herring fish'' stars.

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PW praised Westerman's ""thoroughly dreamlike"" characters and setting in her ""soothing"" interpretation of a classic bedtime verse.

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McPhail ties the story about the fisherman, the moon and the catching of herring-fish stars to the child's room by having the bunnies in the story pour out their pastel stars on top of her trundle bed, where they form a star pattern on her quilt.

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