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b.p. Nichol. Illustrated by Ed Roach.
Windsor, ON: Black Moss Press, 1983.
unpaged, paper, $3.95.
ISBN 0-88753-105-9. CIP.

Subject Headings:
Lullabies, Canadian (English).
Children's poetry, Canadian (English).

Preschool-Kindergarten / Ages 3-5

Reviewed by Elizabeth Lockett.

Volume 13 Number 5
1985 September

This bedtime book for the very young repeats a statement by various animals as they fall asleep.

"Once I was a little horse, baby horse, little horse.
Once I was a little horse. NEIGH, I fell asleep."

Various animals, such as cows, goats, dogs, ducks etc. make this statement with different going-to-sleep noises.

There are several problems with this book; there is no logical arrangement to the animals; mammals, birds, and fish are arranged in random order. Sometimes the term for young animals is used such as "chick" or "boy", sometimes the term is general, "bird", but also "duck", "crow" and "owl".

The illustrations show clearly identifiable animals in black-and-white drawings with colours for the animals and the background.

Small children are fascinated by words and deserve a book that uses them accurately. The idea of this book is imaginative but the execution is disappointing.

Elizabeth Lockett, Niagara Falls, ON.
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