Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

by Eugene Field

Other authorsBarbara Cooney (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1991



Call number




Hastings House Pub (1991), Edition: Reissue


In this bedtime poem, three fishermen in a wooden shoe catch stars in their nets of silver and gold.

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LibraryThing member CrunchyGranola
Brilliantly illustrated version of the familiar poem. We have fun looking for the cat on every page.
LibraryThing member Treeseed
This beautiful classic nursery rhyme by Eugene Field has comforted children off to sleep for generations and has endured as a favorite for good reason. The lovely, peaceful verse sings to us of a river of crystal light, a sea of dew, twinkling foam, nets of silver and gold, a moon that laughs and a
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wind that ruffles the waves. The illustrations that Johanna Westerman has supplied are the perfect compliment to this treasured story and are executed in watercolors using mostly sea green, blue and torquoise to create a moonlit vision of dreamland as the three children, Wynken, Blynken and Nod, set sail with their cat in a charming boat shaped like a wooden shoe. This is a soothing and gentle bedtime story and I highly recommend it.
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LibraryThing member jessiepainter
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod is a book about a lullaby poem. It tells the story of three young fisherman boys who sail off into the night sky on a wooden shoe. They sail away to fish in the sky, which they call the sea. In the end it turns out that Wynken, Blynken and Nod are just a little boys facial
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features, and the wooden shoe is his bed.

To me, the mood and setting of this book make the perfect bedtime story. The pictures are magical and they can even promote sweet dreams!

You could use this if you worked at a daycare, for naptime or you could have the children draw pictures of what their "sky sea" would look like.
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LibraryThing member shomskie
Wynken, Blynken, & Nod was a more questionable story for me. When I see the word Poetry, I automatically put on my thinking cap. I noticed that the illustrations were very details and the colors used were beautiful and made things stand out. At the end of the story I learned that Wynken and Blyken
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were two little eyes and Nod was a little head. The comparisons were wonderful!
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LibraryThing member dangerlibearian
Classic poem with pretty illustrations.
LibraryThing member tonyalwickware
Summary: A bedtime story that has a little rhyme, begins as a fishing trip into the great blue sky for three imaginary fishermen, named Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. The is really about a child being told a bedtime story, who listens and begins to wink, blink, and nod as the story goes on slowly
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drifting into a dreamy peaceful sleep.

Person Reaction: A great bedtime story that begins with imaginary characters who are invisioned in the imagination of a child at bedtime.

Teaching Extensions:
1) Wynken, Blynken, and Nod to teach the beauty of the big blue skies.
2) Wynken, Blynken, and Nod could be used to teach children about similarities and association.
3) This book could be used to teach children about dreams and what they mean.
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LibraryThing member kmunsey
Wynken, Blynken, & Nod are three young fisherman you sail the sky for shimmering fish. We discover that Wynken, Blynken, & Nod are in fact two eyes and a head on one little boy who loves to dream. It was a very sweet poem with a satisfying ending.
LibraryThing member aylin1
I have always just loved this poem... and still do. Beautiful illustrations in a beautiful over sized book.
LibraryThing member AliaZ
This book as loved into oblivion at our house. I LOVED reading the dreamy, mesmerizing poem instead of some of the more grating children's books, and the pictures of the three children harvesting stars and fish and then coming back home to bed were wonderful. It was read almost every night for a
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year, and I'm planning to get a new copy now that my younger is almost two.
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LibraryThing member AliaZ
I love whole poems illustrated for babies. There aren't many; most are collected in anthologies. That's nice for when they're older, but for the toddler set who wants to turn a LOT of pages, this format is perfect. And it's a beautiful poem, so something you won't get tired of reading quickly.
LibraryThing member Ashabani
puts children to sleep easily
LibraryThing member vbarbe1
In my opinion this is a good book. It is a poem and it has a really nice flow. At the beginning of the poem you think that their are three characters being referenced in the story to find out there is just one sleepy child . I love the way the author referenced the character’s two eyes and his
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head. The eyes were wynken and blynken and his head was nod. So in his own way he was describing the effects of a sleepy child. I also liked the illustrations. The illustrator’s use of color throughout the book was exceptional. The colors covered the whole page depicting the night sky. The hues were bold and bright to be dark colors, they were still standing out. The imagery in the story was very repetitive but the author found ways to make each picture different. The message of this poem is it’s ok to use your imagination
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LibraryThing member gfurth
Go on a journey into the night sky with Wynken, Blynken and Nod! You will find three fisherman sailing in a wooden shoe!
LibraryThing member herethere
I've been looking for more books that take one poem and make it very accessible and tell the story page by page with illustrations. This book does that wonderfully and with a sweet poem. Love this as a way to expose children to poetry at an early age.
LibraryThing member harrisrm
A timeless classic, I use this book in my class, there's always something to discover when reading the poem. The kids and I love the wooden shoe. Great classic poem that can be handed down for generations. Saturated with vivid colors of the fisherman and the ocean. This poems are nothing less than
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brilliant, a reflection of the author and illustrator's appreciation.
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LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
Eugene W. Field's timeless lullaby is lovingly rendered in charming, whimsical illustrations by award-winning illustrator David McPhail.WYNKEN, BLYNKEN, AND NOD takes children on a magical journey into the night sky where three fishermen sail in a wooden shoe, capturing the stars in nets of silver
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and gold and laughing with the moon. And when the nighttime adventure comes to an end, the wooden shoe brings the fishermen home to the real world of a child fast asleep.With soft illustrations and rhythmic rhyme, this lullaby poem will help energetic toddlers settle down and have sweet dreams as they snuggle into their beds.
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8.5 inches


0803893337 / 9780803893337

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