Twenty years ago I put my daughter to sleep at night
with your book and songs. Now I am a master degree teacher. I was
searching for your book and music. I am so happy I found it here!
There was never a more beautiful collection of music to put a child
to sleep with. Now my students ages 3-5 can enjoy your music. I am
thrilled I found you again.
Thank YOU for your wonderful lullabies. We're passing on the joy that we got
from this collection of songs to a new mother in Albuquerque. Sixteen years
after first listening to these songs, my husband and I are still singing "The
first train bound to Dreamland...".
I just want to let you know how much my family
has enjoyed " Songs from Dreamland" . Our son, Michele, was given the book and
years ago. We read the poems and played the tape every night as part of his
bedtime routine. My husband always recounts how he would find himself singing
or humming your music throughout his day at work.
Years later, the tape was loaned to a relative and lost. I was heartbroken at
the loss of something that had been so dear and important to our family. For
years I have bemoaned the loss.
With the coming birth of my grandnephew I could think of no better gift to give
him and his parents then the joy of "Songs from Dreamland". This spurred me to
search the internet and I was overjoyed that the book and music were still
available. As you know not only did I order a set for my future grandnephew
but I also ordered a CD for ourselves. I am looking forward to hearing those
soothing melodies once again. Though after 18 years they may serve as
lullabies for my husband and I.
Once again thank you for the joyous memories you have given my family.
Tom and I were so excited to find your web site. Many years ago at our
ten year high school reunion we were introduced to your music. Our four
children listened to and loved those songs for years. We had our first
grandchild three weeks ago and the memories of melodies from long ago
came flooding back. We were thrilled to find that we could still
purchase them. Thank you so much for the memories and the enduring
sweetness of the music. We have fond memories of high school friendships
and hope that life has treated you well.
Ms. Duncan, My grandmother - Laura Beers-sent my daughter Laura your
"Songs from Dreamland" when she was a toddler. She called it her
"sleepy dream tape" and it was a bedtime ritual for us both. Now, she
has a little one of her own and wants to continue the tradition. Thank you and
Robin for many years of peaceful bedtimes & many more with my grandchildren.
Sincerely, Margaret Rose Collins
I used your lullaby tape when my daughter was a baby, almost 14 years ago.
She was a tough cookie to get to sleep and using your lovely music did the
trick. But, I would have to play it twice before she was fast asleep. When she
could talk, and when the tape was over, she would yell out, "MORE!"
And I would have to turn it over. I am happy that your music is still being made
and that you are doing well. My daughter heard the clips of the songs and
remembered them from way down deep.
Thanks, Laurie Strome Moodie
Thank you for great music and such a perfect voice. We first were exposed to
your music when I checked a tape out our local library in the mid 1990s. Each
time (except one) I went back, the tape was gone, but I remembered the name! My
current 11 year old loved the music (as did her parents) then and our 4 year old
can now listen to it because I found your CD on the web. I hope that you have
done well - you have a wonderful gift.
Perfect!, January 18, 2003 Reviewer: Mary Orton Gollihugh from North East, PA
United States I saw this at a school book sale while I was pregnant with our
last child. We ended up buying a second because we wore the cassette out. This
refers to the book and cassette combination. With our new (13 years old now!)
baby, it became a part of our evening routines, the stories read, the songs
listened to, and it was peaceful. I still recall how it started: a soft wind
blowing through the breeze, and a lovely voice soeaking quietly "It's
bedime now. You've played hard today and I know you must be tired ...". It
was a point of amusement that we figured if we ever accidentally put the tape in
the car and played it we would fall asleep at the wheel within 20 seconds (grin)
Truly, I most highly recommend this, and the memories will last a lifetime. A
kindred Mom, soon to be a Grandmother!
Best Lullaby Book and Tape Ever!, November 3, 2002 Reviewer: Anita Wells from
Watervliet, NY United States I bought this set for my first grandchild twelve
years ago and it was loved by all of my grandchildren, as well as my daughters.
The music, the lyrics and the illustrations are so beautiful. Definitely first
class. Would love to see a new release of this.
A reader from Dublin, CA United States This is the most beautiful, enchanting
tape of lullabies I have ever heard. Lois Duncan (yes, of I Know What You Did
Last Summer fame) wrote the exquisite lyrics for the tape that accompanies this
book when her grandchild was born. Her daughter is actually the singer. I have
never found a collection of lullabies to equal this one.
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-- A delicately illustrated collection of 14 original lullabies
and a sweetly sung cassette recording of the songs, each of which can
stand alone well but which complement each other nicely. Duncan's
lullabies represent many of the aspects of lullaby tradition and have
some of the qualities of Malvina Reynolds' songs for children. The poems
are rhythmic delights, full of the repeated sounds that make lullabies
so appealing to small children. They cover a range of moods from gently
loving to sprightly. Duncan's choice of words is perfect, using the
common subjects of lullabies, but with creative twists. Kay Chorao's
pastel pencil drawings are reminiscent of her illustrations for The
Baby's Bedtime Book (Dutton, 1984) and are filled with clever
transitions from the dreaming to the waking state. Fish sewn on the
baby's quilt in "The Sleepy Sun" are featured alive and active in her
dreams, and the boats on a small child's pajamas float gently in his
memories of the day's play. While mothers dominate these lullabies, a
number of the songs do not reflect the gender of the singer, and Chorao
has included several fathers in her pictures, as well as multi-ethnic
children. On the cassette, Arquette uses a variety of music to
accentuate the rhythms and moods of the lullabies; she uses her fine
voice for dramatic effect to reproduce the sliding, ironic, and loving
moods of the lyrics. A gentle commentary, accompanied by wind and
wind-chime sounds, ties the songs together. These lullabies would work
well in home and nursery-school settings, with the tape used to induce
naps and bedtimes and the book to let children see and enjoy the words
and images of their favorite songs. --Barbara Chatton, College of
Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
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