Bushland Lullaby (2012) Post 157
Bushland Lullaby is one of my favourites among my picture books. It went through several versions while I was writing it, but ended up as a simple rhyming text celebrating the going-to-sleep of Australian animal babies. Each segment has four lines with an aa/bb rhyme. The challenge with very short texts at this level is to avoid too many too-obvious rhymes while not being too complex for the small listeners. One by one, the bush babies go to sleep in their own environment, and the story ties off with a human child doing the same. The book is illustrated in soft pastels by Lisa Stewart. I especially love the picture of the dingoes which is reproduced below. As of 2017, this book is still in print.
On the windy plain beyond the town
Where grass grows rough and rustling brown
The sun gives way to cool moonbeams
And little Emu’s chasing dreams.
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