Hush! A Thai Lullaby (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Hush! A Thai Lullaby (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Minfong Ho, Holly Meade

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Lilting verse and bold, whimsical pictures tell the story of one mother's efforts to quiet the animals - from the smallest mosquito to the great big elephant - as their sounds threaten to wake her baby. But is Baby asleep? Let's see who is asleep - and who isn't!


Lilting verse and bold, whimsical pictures tell the story of one mother's efforts to quiet the animals - from the smallest mosquito to the great big elephant - as their sounds threaten to wake her baby. But is Baby asleep? Let's see who is asleep - and who isn't!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Subtitled "A Thai Lullaby," this atmospheric picture book gently but dynamically evokes a summer's evening, the tranquillity punctuated only by sounds wafting in on the night air. As a mother puts her baby to sleep, she becomes acutely aware of the cries and calls of nearby animals. In spirited verse, she implores each to pipe down ("Lizard, lizard,/ don't come peeping"; "White duck, white duck/ don't come beeping"; etc.). Her tender plea for quiet ("Can't you see that Baby's sleeping?") creates a melodious refrain at the center of the text. By book's end the mother and all the animals are sleeping-Baby, of course, is wide-awake. Departing from the torn-paper technique of her previous books, Meade (Small Green Snake) uses cut paper and ink to produce intriguing textures, layers and shapes, from the woven straw mats beneath the baby's hammock to the luxuriant green forest where a noisy elephant walks. Red-ink outlines add a bold touch to figures and accentuate the varied angles and perspectives. Children will find the animal sounds fascinating-a Thai mouse says "Jeed-jeed," a frog belches "op-op" while an elephant trumpets "hoom-praa"-perfect for trying out loud. Both soothing and stimulating. Ages 2-6. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
This is a bedtime story featuring the creatures and sounds of the Thailand countryside. It is a lilting tale of a tired mother trying to quiet the animals so baby will sleep. After she finally succeeds in silencing the sounds of the evening, the exhausted mother falls asleep. Who is the only one wide-awake? Any parent knows the answer. Baby is awake, looking wide eyed at the world around him.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-KA mother, having just put her toddler to sleep, says "Hush!" to a succession of noises around her and finds out which animal is making each sound. Eventually, she hushes her whole environment and falls asleep as her baby awakens. Ho's rhymed, repetitive, onomatopoetic text employs the question-and-answer format of Bill Martin's classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Holt, 1967), creating a lullaby without music. The lilting sounds, variety of wildlife (monkeys, water buffalo, elephant, etc.), and illustrations firmly anchor this mood piece in northern Thailand. Pictures combine cut paper, ink line, and watercolor in a lush, yet successfully somnolent atmosphere of browns and greens. The art greatly amplifies the text with warmth and humor as the mother makes her rounds ensuring her child's peace. A delightful, reassuring bedtime book with a unique setting.John Philbrook, San Francisco Public Library
Janice del Negro
A mother goes to each animal, from lizard to water buffalo to elephant, trying to quiet noises that might wake her child. When the animals are silenced and the mother finally falls asleep, the baby lies awake, with wide eyes and a smile. Ho's rhythmic text is fine for reading aloud: "Hush! Who's that leaping by the well? `OP-OP, OP-OP.' A bright green frog. Green frog, green frog, don't come leaping. Can't you see that Baby's sleeping?" The setting, apparently a remote Thai village, is gently evoked in cut paper and ink pictures that are bold enough to be used with groups. The unusual compositions are visually arresting, thanks, in part, to bright orange outlines, and the comforting earth tones suit the quiet nature of the story.
Kirkus Reviews
From the author of A Clay Marble (1991), a charming, repetitive rhyme (subtitled "A Thai Lullaby") in which a mother shushes all the creatures, from a tiny mosquito to a huge elephant, in and around her thatch-roofed house so that her baby can sleep in the blue cloth hammock. However, sharp-eyed readers will notice that each time the mother's back is turned, the child climbs out of the hammock to play. At the end, everyone, including the unsuspecting mother, is asleep—but not the baby! Exceptionally beautiful cut-paper-and-ink illustrations in earth tones use the varied textures of the paper to wonderful effect, depicting traditional Thai textiles, basketry, and building styles. All of young children's favorite elements are here: a reassuringly predictable, rhyming text, animals and their sounds, a mischievous subplot in the pictures, and an ever-so-slightly naughty child who fools everyone in the end. A sure winner.

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San Val, Incorporated
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Caldecott Honor Bks.
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Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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Hush!: A Thai Lullaby 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. As a mother I can relate to how hard you are willing to try, to please your baby and insure quality sleeping time. My baby boy loves listening to this story when I read it to him because of the fabulous rhyming and unique sounds that the animals make. I would recommend this story to any mother.
Lulu8 More than 1 year ago
I'm 8-years-old and I love it! I have loved this book for many years. It is special to me because it involves animals, a mom and baby. I like falling asleep and pretending that I'm that baby sleeping in the hammock surrounded by animals that are waiting to see me.
TheReadingWriter More than 1 year ago
Loved this pretty Thai lullaby featuring animals found in the tropics. I imagine a child could enjoy it each night and not get tired of it.
justashell More than 1 year ago
This is a fun and interactive Thai lullaby story. I love sharing a good book with my children, and it's extra special because it portrays part of their heritage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was recommended by a friend and it has become one of our favorite books. We misplaced it in a move, so we are buying another copy! I can read it every night and my daughter is happy to hear it over and over again. Fabulous illustrations!