Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene W. Field; illustrated by Giselle Potter

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene W. Field, Illustrated by Giselle Potter
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (May 13, 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-0375841965
Amazon Price: $11.55
Source of book: Review Copy from Publisher

Do you remember the classic poem by Eugene W. Field that begins:

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe---
Sailed on a river of crystal light,
Into a sea of dew.
"Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
The old moon asked the three.
"We have come to fish for the herring fish
That live in this beautiful sea..."

Well, to put it simply, Giselle Potter's new picture book version of this poem is absolutely stunning. The rhythmic verse of the poem that always stays in my head long after I read it is accompanied by Potter's dreamy and enchanting illustrations in rich, deep tones of blue and green.

Image courtesy of Schwartz & Wade

Potter has masterfully captured the magical and ethereal feel of the poem, and children will love hearing this read to them over and over again. Perfect for a bedtime read-aloud, I highly recommend this book.

Other blog reviews:
Jen Robinson's Book Page: "It's nice to see such a classic poem refreshed by modern, loving illustrations. This title would make an excellent new baby gift." (read more...)

A Patchwork of Books: "The poetry is flowing and soothing, perfect for a bedtime story. Your kids will love this, though you will love it too..." (read more...)

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: "This is a bed-time read you want to let yourself fall into..." (Read more...)

If you've reviewed Wynken, Blynken, and Nod, leave a comment with your link, and I'll post it here.


  1. I've never heard of this poem, but I love the illustration that you chose. It's beautiful.