Sunday, March 26, 2023

Spring Reading 2023 Sugar Pie Lullaby

How many of you know the scene from "Three Men and a Baby" where the guys serenade baby Mary with "Goodnight Sweetheart (It's Time to Go)"? Well, take that idea and then weave together lines from multiple Motown hits and you have Carole Boston Weatherford's new Sugar Pie Lullaby. Each spread has its own lyrics pulled from famous songs by Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and other incredible singers. Sawyer Cloud's illustrations capture moments throughout the day - bedtime, bath time, dancing through the house, climbing into bed with mom and dad after a bad dream - all featuring parents and children with beautiful brown shades of skin and hair.

Back matter includes an author's note about growing up in the 1960s and the historic music of those years. Then each song used in the book is listed with details of the songwriter(s), recording artist(s), studio, year of release, and then additional details about the artist or song. For instance, "The Way You Do the Things You Do" was written by Smokey Robinson and Bobby Rogers, and was performed by the Temptations - their "first charting single on the Billboard Hot 100." There are 35 different songs whose lyrics are used in the book and listed in the back matter.

A perfect book for bedtime or for someone who is having a bad day and needs a reminder of how much they are loved. 


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