Hush, Hush!

Overview

In this endearing companion to Kiss, Kiss!, Baby Hippo finds that taking a walk is sleepy work.

 

When Baby Hippo can’t sleep he goes for a wander through the reeds, along the bog, over the rocks, and through the willowy, wavy grass. On the way he discovers that all the animal moms and dads are hushing their babies to sleep. The gentle and rhythmic sounds will entertain, entrance, and, most importantly, promote sleep in toddlers ...

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Overview

In this endearing companion to Kiss, Kiss!, Baby Hippo finds that taking a walk is sleepy work.

 

When Baby Hippo can’t sleep he goes for a wander through the reeds, along the bog, over the rocks, and through the willowy, wavy grass. On the way he discovers that all the animal moms and dads are hushing their babies to sleep. The gentle and rhythmic sounds will entertain, entrance, and, most importantly, promote sleep in toddlers everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A story filled with movement and physical affection. The lap-sit audience will love the squishy, lumpy sounds and the repetition of the text as they point to the animals in the clear, bright pictures."  —Booklist on Kiss, Kiss!

Children's Literature - Debby Willett
Baby Hippo just cannot fall asleep. Like so many babies, he wiggles and waggles his legs, and he makes so much noise. His mum wants him to quiet down and just go to sleep. However, Baby Hippo cannot hush. He decides to go for a walk. As he walks along he walks through the soggy, boggy mud and this is what he hears: "Hush, hush," as the pelicans go to sleep. Baby Hippo trots over hard lumpy rocks where the alligators are and this is what he hears, "Hush, hush." Continuing his journey, Baby Hippo listens to many of the jungle babies, and he hears "Hush, hush." Finally, he yawns. He is getting tired, but he is not at home. Will he be able to stay awake until he gets home? This is a sweet book for young readers; it would even be good for the nighttime ritual. The colorful illustrations are perfect for the text and bring the story to life. The other animals will pique a child's curiosity. The colorful illustration of the animals will draw young children into the story. They will also remember the simple text and relate the pictures and text together. This is a great book for reading comprehension. Reviewer: Debby Willett
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Because he is not yet sleepy, Baby Hippo takes a walk through the jungle. He hears a constant "Hush, hush!" as the parents of the other animals gently encourage them to settle down. Of course, the Hippo's journey makes him very tired, and soon he snuggles up with his mother. The large illustrations, saturated with color, are soothing, simple, and sweet, and the story is gentle and comforting. But with so many bedtime stories available, this appealing book by the team who created Kiss, Kiss! (S & S, 2004) may be an additional purchase.—Alison Donnelly, Collinsville Memorial Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews

Baby Hippo's insomnia is a great excuse for him (and readers) to explore his environment. Even standing on his head doesn't make him tired, though he does grunt and groan with discomfort. So he goes for a walk through the rustling reeds. This leads him to soggy, boggy mud; lumpy, humpy rocks; willowy, wavy grass; and shady, shadowy trees. He passes mother-and-baby birds, crocodiles, giraffes, leopards, etc., all settling in for the night. "Hush, hush," each animal mother whispers to her young, and Baby Hippo gets sleepier and sleepier. Barely able to keep his eyes open, he makes his way back to his Mum over the varied terrain in a wispy homage to the classic, cumulative "We Are Going on a Bear Hunt." "Snort, snore! Snort, snore!" sleeping Mum says, to which Baby Hippo naturally replies, "Hush, hush!" Strevens-Marzo's landscapes with animals are attractive and varied (though one might wish her crisply delineated shapes were little more somnolent), and Wild packs in lots of punchy vocabulary words while keeping her simple tale accessible.(Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781921272868
  • Publisher: Little Hare Books
  • Publication date: 7/9/2010
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 992,356
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Wild is an award-winning author who has written more than 40 novels and picture books for children, including Fox, Little Humpty, and Woolvs in the Sitee. Bridget Strevens-Marzo is the illustrator of The Big Book for Little Hands; How Do You Make a Baby Smile?Kiss, Kiss!; Knock, Knock!; and This Dog Bruce.

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