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Rocking Chair
by Dennis Lee
Order:  USA  Can
Key Porter, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The Rocking Chair is one of a series of Alligator Tales, board book versions of the popular poems of Dennis Lee (well known for such Canadian favorites as Alligator Pie and Garbage Delight) engagingly illustrated by Nora Hilb.

Most little ones' rooms at least start out with a rocking chair in a corner, and this poem opens: 'I love to rock / in the rocking chair. / I rock rock rock / with my teddy bear.' The associated picture shows a content, freckled little boy rocking with toys scattered all around. Soon the power of imagination takes boy and bear up 'in the air', in the rain, around the block (in their underwear!), and - with other small children - 'Through the midnight air.'

A trio of children end up rocking themselves 'like a rocketship' to sleep in that comforting rocking chair - as so often happens in real life at bedtime. The Rocking Chair is one of Dennis Lee's best.

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