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Turning a beloved lullaby on its head, this wonderful read-aloud pairs playful text and enchanting paintings to create a rollicking escapade with a clever premise and a cozy conclusion.  “Rock-a-bye, Baby, in the treetop. How did you ever get so high up?” That’s a good question—and this delightful book weaves a gentle fantasy around the baby who finds himself in that veryTurning a beloved lullaby on its head, this wonderful read-aloud pairs playful text and enchanting paintings to create a rollicking escapade with a clever premise and a cozy conclusion.  “Rock-a-bye, Baby, in the treetop. How did you ever get so high up?” That’s a good question—and this delightful book weaves a gentle fantasy around the baby who finds himself in that very predicament! A marvelous adventure ensues, taking Baby from the tree branches to a farm full of animals to a ride down the river, and finally on a flight through the night sky into the safety of Mama’s arms....

Title : Rock-a-Bye Romp
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ISBN : 9780399171505
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Rock-a-Bye Romp Reviews

  • Jill
    2018-11-18 02:19

    Having suffered through many an insipid book for very young babies, I was so pleased to find this creative and humorous update to the lullaby “Rock-a-Bye Baby.”The story starts like the conventional lullaby, with the baby in a cradle in a treetop, but quickly gets much more interesting. The baby, blown from the cradle by the wind, drops into a nest. It is nudged from the nest by a bird, and falls onto the back of a pig, which takes the baby for a ride. The baby is thrown, and rolls into a warm soft sheep. The adventures of the baby continue all through a farm. Then we follow the baby as it crawls into a boat that starts to float. The moon sees what is happening, and calls on a hawk to bring the baby home, into his mother’s arms.The story is enhanced significantly by the mixed-media art of award-winning Simona Mulazzani. She adds many whimsical details that parents can point out to babies, including trees with faces and a sheep with a fleece full of flowers.Evaluation: This book will almost make you want to have a baby, so you have an audience for this delightful story!

  • The Library Lady
    2018-11-28 22:35

    Lovely illustrations, not so lovely verse. Many of the end rhymes aren't even good tries at rhymes, and the rhythm is choppy. Disappointing.

  • Amanda
    2018-11-10 00:29

    A great pick for all ages storytime with the rhyme and rhythm of the song and also good for a PJ, nighttime storytime.

  • Amanda
    2018-12-04 02:19

    I loved this book - it would work perfectly for bedtime. You could sing the traditional Rock-a-Bye Baby rhyme together with your child, then sing this book to them. It would work pretty well in a baby-themed storytime for older kids, too (it's a little long and complex for a babytime). It's fun and sweet and the illustrations are soft and pretty and I thought it all worked really well.

  • Katie
    2018-11-14 23:21

    If the song Rock-a-bye Baby disturbs you, but you (and/or your toddler) find the tune catchy, this book is for you. Such a delight to sing about this silly adventure. This book redeems and elevates the classic but dark song.

  • Casey
    2018-11-18 02:11

    A fun book despite the cover giving me the initial reaction that this wouldn't be a good storytime book (it's actually a great bedtime storytime book!). Starts off with the first lines of rock a bye baby... then follows baby as they fall and crawl and discover all sorts of animals and noises.

  • Laura Salas
    2018-11-15 02:13

    What happens when the wind blows baby right out of the tree? You get this rollicking, rhyming adventure, with baby ending up right where he belongs at the end. Great journey from wild and silly to calm and lovely. Perfect for bedtime!

  • Angela
    2018-12-07 05:20

    Perfect for bedtime. Lyrical rhyme and imaginative spin on a classic lullaby.

  • Kelly
    2018-12-05 05:13

    This is the classic nursery rhyme "Rock-a-Bye Baby," but with a lovely, soft, gently twist.

  • Evan
    2018-12-05 00:18

    Sweet little bedtime rhyme that plays with nursery rhymes of old in a new, and sometimes funny, way. The illustrations are soft and large, lending lots of visual appeal.

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2018-12-01 00:14

    When the baby falls from the treetop according to the popular lullaby, he begins a silly journey through the farmyard and back home to his mother.The mixed media illustrations in subdued colors are perfect for a bedtime story, as they establish a calm, cozy atmosphere. Though the pictures suit the story fine, however, they are not particularly memorable on their own. A big part of the reason is that they portray farm animals, which have appeared in children's books so often it is difficult to depict them in a new way. Another part of the reason is that the baby doesn't seem to have much personality. His face stays basically the same through the entire story, and the way he is positioned on each page always seems stiff. I never felt that the pictures really welcomed me into the story.Ideally, to appreciate this book a child would be familiar with the lyrics to Rock-a-Bye Baby, as the entire text is a commentary on how silly it would be to put a baby in a tree. Since babies and toddlers are probably just learning the original song, the meaning of this would be lost on them and therefore the story as a whole would not really be appropriate. Preschoolers might get it, but by the age of four, most are beyond reading about babies and farm animals, so it's hard to know who the audience is, other than parents who read too much into the lullaby's lyrics.Unlike the author's Little Baby Buttercup, which has great rhythm and rhyme, this book's rhymes feel forced and gratuitous. The story begins trying to rhyme "treetop" with "high up" which reads very awkwardly, and it moves onto such run-of-the-mill pairs as "trough" and "off" and "bed" and "shed." All in all, it's just not quite what I'm looking for in a read-aloud for my own kids, or for story time.Add this book to the ever-growing list of titles that spoof traditional nursery rhymes, along with Mary Had a Little Lamp, The Itsy Bitsy Spider Freaks Out Big Time, and most of Jane Cabrera's books. Teachers who regularly present lessons about fractured nursery rhymes and fairy tales might be interested in this one, but otherwise, it's really an additional purchase for most libraries.

  • Mary Ann
    2018-11-12 06:25

    This sweet lullaby expands upon the classic nursery rhyme “Rock-a-bye Baby,” adding silly twists as the baby first lands in a bird’s nest, and then atop a pig. The tumbling babe comes to a final rest in the mother’s arms, creating a warm and endearing ending in the nursery. Ashman captures the rhythm and tone of the song in her new verses, making this perfect for singing along.

  • Katie
    2018-12-03 06:41

    I could see this working for baby storytime. It was fine, but I'll probably forget about it.

  • Jillian
    2018-11-28 23:39

    This book makes a valiant attempt at explaining Rock-a-Bye Baby, but it left a little to be desired for me. We start at night, with our child asleep in a tree, but then baby falls into a nest, gets pushed out by a crow, and lands on the back of a pig in daytime - with not a tree in sight.The rest of the book is okay (except for when it randomly switches back to night time) and ends with the "reveal" that the tree was just a painting on the wall. (Except then where has the baby been? O.o)The illustrations were lovely, and fun to look through for evidence of baby's adventures.

  • Lynn
    2018-11-26 22:17

    Rhyming text could be used with older students in a lesson on homophones, and spelling lessons that show how different spellings can make the same sounds: trough-off, fence-immense. Also, that similar spellings can create different sounds: now-blow. Regardless, very young listeners will be entertained by the rock-a-bye baby having a variety of experiences before falling into Mother's arms.Mixed media (acrylic, colored pencil & collage) illustrations have soft lines and colors.

  • Shannon
    2018-11-24 22:19

    This is an adorable new take on a old lullaby. The baby gets into all kinds of startling adventures(flying off of the back of a pig, falling down a waterfall), but the smile on his face will let nervous readers know that everything is going to be fine. The lovely illustrations are simple, with a calming color scheme. The book ends on a sweet note, letting readers know that everything the baby went through was imagined and that in reality he is loved and cared for properly.

  • Chelsea
    2018-12-07 22:19

    An interesting take on the lullaby rock-a-bye baby, where the baby goes on an adventure and returns to the arms of his mother to find sleep. I did find it strange, however, that the book asks "Who'd put a cradle high in a tree?" when the book itself has the baby going on all sorts of mini adventures which are just as questionable. ?Book-List

  • Daphne
    2018-12-04 02:38

    Neat picture book subversion of the traditional lullaby "Rock-a-bye Baby" that finally asks, "Who'd put a cradle high in a tree?"

  • Ashley Smith
    2018-12-05 06:19

    Super adorable, and you're able to sing it to "Rock-a-bye baby." If you baby needs an adventure before bed, this is the book to read to them

  • Miss Sarah
    2018-12-11 03:41

    A bedtime story of a baby going on an adventure with multiple animals bouncing from one to another. But where is aby and what is this adventure? Toddler and up.

  • Fitchburg Public Library
    2018-12-07 22:17

    For any parent who has struggled with the whole cradle in a treetop/cradle will fall.

  • Ranea
    2018-11-27 03:35

    This would make an excellent bedtime story, and it can be sung to the tune of "Rock-A-Bye Baby." (I have a soft spot for books you can sing.)

  • Elizabeth
    2018-11-24 06:27

    Interesting way to turn a familiar song into a new story. Really liked how the pictures completely covered each page. The colors were nice and soothing for a bedtime read.

  • Linda Atkinson
    2018-11-27 06:19

    What a wonderful bedtime adventure! Love Mulazzani's illustrations, too!

  • Dana
    2018-11-13 03:16

    Rhyming text and lovely illustrations accompany this fun twist on a classic nursery rhyme. Great book!

  • Laura Jensen-Kimball
    2018-11-13 22:36

    Really fun rhyming book. I always wondered why they put the baby in the tree too!

  • LynnDavidson
    2018-11-24 22:20

    A fun change for the rock-a-bye baby lullaby. The rhyme wasn't always smooth, but still a good story.

  • Anna Fillmore
    2018-11-15 02:30

    Takes the nursery song and extends it into a story of near misses for the baby. Fun, great language, lots of action. Can't wait to use it in a storytime!

  • Elisabeth
    2018-11-18 05:37

    Familiar tune matched with cozy lyrics and illustrations.

  • Jesse
    2018-12-06 00:37

    A much better version of the lullaby with beautifully calm illustrations to boot!