Songs for Our Sons


What do we wish for a new life? It can seem as though we breathe alongside first breaths, wondering at everything from eye colour to thereafter first steps. Yet what do we wish for the little person deep inside?

Songs for Our Sons is a poetic uproar of wishes, hopes, blessings and directions. Ruth Doyle urges infant life to ‘be a nature- explorer,/ a wonder-discoverer’ and thereafter to ‘Hear the rhythms the rain makes: birds singing as day breaks’. Yet there are more personal wishes too, including to ‘let the light that’s inside you,/ guide you along’. Furthermore, remember that ‘your feelings are real‘ that ‘Your true power and value/ can’t be measured by size/ So don’t judge or be judged by/ whats seen with the eyes.’ 

There is so much wisdom and meaning in the writer’s words, while Ashling Lindsay’s pictures soar with possibility and wonder.

Songs for Our Sons is intended to be read, treasured, shared and gifted. What a meaningful book for all generations.


Songs for Our Sons

Ruth Doyle and Ashling Lindsay

(Andersen Press)- hardback

‘A child made of moonbeams‘, with ‘fragile fists’ to ‘unfurl’, thus begin ‘Songs for Our Sons’. There is a world waiting to discover ‘the wonders you bring’, so ‘let the light that’s inside you,/ guide you along’. Remember to be ‘proud, free and happy in/ your own, unique skin’. Be whoever you need to be from a ‘mud sculptor’ to ‘a kaleidoscopic colour-catcher’ but always ‘honour your huge heart’. 
Songs for Our Sons is a melody of joy and a siren call of wishes. In so many ways this book offers the hopes and dreams of parents, families and close friends for a new life. However Ruth Doyle’s language is impassioned and all-encompassing, her rhyme, rap-like, and urgent. Thereafter, the illustrations from Ashling Lindsay of The Tide, amongst other picture books, is emotionally toned, exuberant, possible and mesmerising.
Songs for Our Sons is a picture book to read aloud, to recite, know and live by. Furthermore, it’s a perfect gift book.


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