Hush: A Gaelic Lullaby

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This charming lullaby contrasts the fierceness of a coastal storm with the warmth and comfort of a baby's home. Family members prepare for the weather and then gather around, soothing the baby with their loving presence.

A traditional Gaelic lullaby about a baby who cries until its relatives, after preparing for an impending storm, gather around it.

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Overview

This charming lullaby contrasts the fierceness of a coastal storm with the warmth and comfort of a baby's home. Family members prepare for the weather and then gather around, soothing the baby with their loving presence.

A traditional Gaelic lullaby about a baby who cries until its relatives, after preparing for an impending storm, gather around it.

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PreS-Gr 2Gerber's lyric quatrains smoothly tell the story of getting baby to sleep as a storm rolls in on a coastal Irish farm. Sister takes down wash, brother gathers peat, mother brings it in, grandpa brings in the sheep, father fastens the shutters, grandma builds the fire, and when everyone sits around it to talk, baby finally falls asleep. The repetition in the second line of each verse adds to the lilt of the language. However, the subtitle leads readers to look for sheet music, and none is provided. The two-line note at the end explaining that the text is based on an ancient Gaelic song is of little use to someone who wants to sing it, or simply wants a little more background. The dreamlike art moves from blue, green, and gray pastels to warm brown, gold, and rose as the action moves inside and the house warms up. Tinted, textured paper allows the lighter pastels to become shimmering, glowing highlights. Few words per page allow the book to be sung to a baby, if, of course, anyone knows the tune. The surrealistic image of the mother rocking the baby with the waves rising around her may alarm very literal-minded children, but Hush! captures a certain serenity in the storm. Omnipresent seals evoke images of selkies, as if not only family but also protective spirits watch over the child. In all, a darlin' choice for bedtime collections.Helen Gregory, Grosse Pointe Public Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580890267
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Carole Gerber has worked as a high school and middle school English teacher, an adjunct professor of journalism at Ohio State, a marketing director, editor of a company magazine, a member of creative teams at an ad agency and a hospital, a contributing editor to a computer magazine, and - finally! - as a writer of picture books, chapter books, elementary textbooks, magazine articles, speeches, annual reports, and patient education materials with such scintillating titles as Your Heart!/Your Lungs!/Your Prostate! Winter Trees, a picturebook walk through the snowy woods, was selected as a 2009 Outstanding Trade Book by the National Science Association and the Children's Book Council.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2010

    Love it!

    I know this is listed for preschool-grade 2 but I had great success reading this to a group of 1 year old children. They loved the repetition and were able to predict what was coming next. Enjoy~

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