My current book-in-progress, A Midsummer Night’s Lullaby, is a project that is very close to my heart. As a child, I was passionately involved in community theatre performances, and the production that stands out the strongest in my memory is A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, in which I played the fairy named Peaseblossom. I can still remember Shakespeare’s beautifully-written song for the Fairies:
You spotted snakes with double tongue,Verse 1 of the Fairies’ song within A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare
Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen;
Newts and blind-worms, do no wrong,
Come not near our fairy queen.
Philomel, with melodyChorus of the Fairies’ song within A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare
Sing in our sweet lullaby;
Lulla, lulla, lullaby, lulla, lulla, lullaby:
Nor spell nor charm,
Come our lovely lady nigh;
So, good night, with lullaby.
As with The Polar Bear Songbook, I have added my own verses and illustrations to help give this song new life. But unlike my first book, this time I have composed the accompanying tune myself.
Weaving spiders, come not here;Verse 2 of the Fairies’ song within A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare
Hence, you long-legg’d spinners, hence!
Beetles black, approach not near;
Worm nor snail, do no offence.
My hope is that A Midsummer Night’s Lullaby might be a child’s introduction to the wonderful world of Shakespeare, while providing a lovely lyrical boost to the ears of kids and grown-ups alike.
Please check back, as I will update this page as the book progresses!