In Animal Lullabies, Lila Prap gives us the lullabies the mothers sing to them. Each is perfectly suited for the particular animals. The animals featured include owls, chicks, kittens (who receive a song of yarn), baby mice (who dream of cheese to nibble), and more.
What makes these so remarkable to me is that each two-page spread features a different animal in a different poetic meter, with sounds. Of course the owls have “hoo” and many other “ooos” in theirs, and the sheep have lots of long “e” sounds. I loved the “peep”s in the chick’s lullaby, and the repeated “sss” in the snakes’ poem.
The illustrations are deceptively simple. They are (I believe) chalk drawings on black textured paper. Possibly they are digital rendered. Which ever is the case, I’m still impressed by the bright colors, the common animal shapes, and also how well the sleeping animals fit in the form of the book.
All together, Animal Lullabies is a delightful book in both art and poetry. It’s a book I would not mind reading aloud to my daughter time and again, night after night. That makes it a true winner!
Note: Animal Lullabies was published in English by North-South Books, 2006.