Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
by Eugene Field with illustrations by Barbara Cooney/ published 1970 by Hastings House
Many a night was I rocked to sleep by my mother singing the '71 Donovan version of this beloved children's poem. The only other song that evokes those moments for me is Peter, Paul & Mary's Stewball, but I suppose both of those date my mom in a way she would rather I not.
From what I can gauge looking online, this version was originally published in France under the title PAPILLOT, CLIGNOT ET DODO by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. I've always loved this tale of three little ones and their adventures in a wooden shoe... even if in the end, they are not what they appear to be. Since I have two sisters, it meant all the more... and I would picture the three of us, setting sail... drifting on the marsh by my childhood home.
Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one's trundle-bed.
Honestly, I'm not too wild about the illustrations. The children are a little too doughy and washed out by the black of night, but it is still such a special poem, that the less than stellar illustrations are forgiven. Ms. Cooney certainly let her true colors shine in plenty of other titles.
The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat
Christmas in the Barn
Chanticleer and the Fox
The Crows of Pearblossom
The Man Who Didn't Wash His Dishes