Storyteller extraordinaire Greene has revisited and revised a soothing lullaby, first presented by the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould in the 1890s. The sentiments of a mother's love for her child avoid being mawkish thanks to evocative lines such as "No silk was ever spun so fine/As is the hair of baby mine./My baby smells more sweet to me/Than smells in spring the elder tree." Double-page spreads in lovely pastel hues reinforce the gentle tone, showing mother and child amid fairies and elves in a woodland setting. Music is included, as are all of the verses. A detailed author's note tells the history of the lullaby and provides insight into Baring-Gould's work in preserving folk music. A foldout page near the back may be problematic for some libraries, but the book will still become a bedtime favorite: "And it's O! sweet, sweet!"
--Bina Williams, Booklist.
"There is a lovely harmony between the visual and verbal elements here, making this a sibilant, sentimental mood piece."
"Greene's text has a lovely, crooning lilt...tranquil visual storytelling."
"Based on an old English folk song, these tender rhymes - "no silk was ever spun so fine/as is the hair of baby mine" - will soothe even the crankiest youngster while the soft-toned pastels lull little eyes to sleep. The artist's images of fairies recall the beautiful, mysterious sprites of Shakespeare's time rather than today's spangly version.
"A traditional English lullaby is transformed into a soft and sweet book illustrating a mother's love. Fairies and sprites dance in the pastel-drawn illustrations that accompany the lyrical prose. The back of the book also contains a music sheet on how to play the song and all of the lyrics, as well as a note about the song. This would be a great gift for new mothers."