cover image Merbaby’s Lullaby

Merbaby’s Lullaby

Jane Yolen, illus. by Elizabeth O. Dulemba. Little Simon, $9.99 (24p) ISBN 978-1-5344-4317-4

Yolen’s gentle rhyming board book features a mother and child mermaid who explore, play, and sleep in their underwater world. In Dulemba’s light, chalky illustrations, the mermaids have dappled orange tails and blue hair—the mother mermaid’s long and flowy, and the child’s short and curly. Yolen’s verse speaks to the mermaid child: “Sleep, wave maker,/ Close your eyes and dream,/ tide breaker.” The two swim among colorful fish, stingrays, whales, and a friendly otter, until the mother tucks the merbaby amid corals and kelps: “Hush, deep diver,/ shush, shell keeper,/ Be your finny/ mother’s sleeper.” A loving cradlesong for merbabies everywhere. Ages up to 3. [em](June) [/em]