Jumbo's Lullaby


A mother elephant sings soothing notes to help her baby fall asleep. She describes what other animals and/or their babies dream about'.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The lullaby/poem flows smoothly, and the illustrations are beautiful. It's nice to have some different jungle animals (e.g., ostrich). The fanciful descriptions are great for demonstrating and encouraging imaginative thought.

Content Awareness Factors:

This is a hardcover book with 'museum' quality paper. If you want to keep it as a treasure, you may need to hold off on reading it until the little one understands how to turn pages gently.

Little Kid Reaction

Immediately drawn in by the colors of the illustrations. It was set aside for awhile when s/he wanted to participate in reading. Now (20 months) we get daily requests at naptime and bedtime for 'susha.'

Parent Reaction

A beautiful, soothing poem that is what the title says: a lullaby. The illustrations are beautiful, and the fanciful dreams of the other animals make it fun.

Type of Book:
This is soothing poem that shares the dreams of several animals--and the continuing plea from Mama Elephent for her baby to go to sleep!
Educational Themes:

A beautiful, calming poem.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 8
Recommended Age To Read Together:
0 to 4
Age of child:
Started reading with child 4 months old; still reading at 2 years.
Purchase Recommendation:
It's definitely worth borrowing at the library. If you don't buy it, add it to your wishlist as a gift item. This will probably be one of those poems that gets read for each generation.

Title Jumbo's Lullaby
Author Laura Krauss Melmed
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers © 1999
Illustrators Henri Sorenson
ISBN 0688165508
Material Hard Cover
Genres Poetry
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