Hush, Little Baby: A Folk Song with Pictures

Overview

This story-in-pictures about a baby who won't stop crying and the big sister who tires to help makes an ideal lullaby for all restless babies and their exhausted, loving families. Includes sheet music for sing-alongs.

In an old lullaby a baby is promised an assortment of presents from its adoring parent.

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Overview

This story-in-pictures about a baby who won't stop crying and the big sister who tires to help makes an ideal lullaby for all restless babies and their exhausted, loving families. Includes sheet music for sing-alongs.

In an old lullaby a baby is promised an assortment of presents from its adoring parent.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"One of America's greatest children's songs gets the fascinating drawings it deserves. Captivating!"—Pete Seeger
Publishers Weekly
"Dark but nimble illustrations flesh out a story line for this old folk song when a scowling older sister starts the baby crying by abruptly shoving its cradle and the family tries to placate it," wrote PW. All ages. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Frazee's (The Seven Silly Eaters) dark but nimble illustrations flesh out more of a story line for the old folk song, with mixed results. A scowling older sister starts the baby crying by abruptly shoving its cradle--a clever, tangy interpretation--and the family spends the rest of the book trying to placate the infant. Cast as Appalachians of yore, the characters include a bonneted mother, a burly father, the barefoot, gap-toothed sister and a bushy-bearded peddler. The words of the song are blazoned across the bottom of the spreads in large type, and the pictures, heavily shaded with black pencil and brightened somewhat with colored inks, often appear as multi-panel sequences. Vignettes on one spread, for example, show the girl whispering to the father, then leading him to the peddler's wagon, then buying a mockingbird, then carrying it home. A few scenes of the father and daughter are beautifully expressive: her poses, leaning against him or happily perched on his shoulders, are perfectly natural, as is a scene in which the parents exchange woeful glances over the baby's head. But a few too many exaggerated gestures and bugged eyes send the illustrations from the animated toward the cartoonish, and while the style is very deliberate, the gloomy tones and the hyped-up, caricatured figures sit uneasily together. All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
PreS-A lively, down-home interpretation of the traditional Appalachian lullaby. Bold and engaging illustrations maximize the folksy details and star a resourceful little girl who is sure she knows how to calm a howling infant. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The traditional folk lullaby is given an Appalachian setting in which the pictures tell their own story. All is peaceful and quiet as baby is bedded down, until an older sibling comes along and purposefully catapults the chain of events by abruptly rocking the cradle. The baby awakens, howling, and won't stop crying. The young girl prompts her father to join her in finding the old peddler with the cart, from whom they buy a mockingbird that won't sing, a looking glass that breaks, a billy goat that won't pull, etc., all in an effort to distract and calm the baby. Most of the action takes place in front of an old-fashioned hearth, inside a candlelit log cabin, which sets the story in a bygone era. Expressive faces offer plenty of detail, while the dusky tones match the intended nighttime hush. Colors brighten as dawn appears and a tuckered-out family collapses in a heap after a stunning fall that finally quiets the baby. A funny, earthy interpretation, with plenty of scenic details to pore over. (Picture book/folklore. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152058876
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Pages: 42
  • Sales rank: 404,222
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Marla Frazee

MARLA FRAZEE has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including Hush, Little Baby: A Folk Song with Pictures, an ALA Notable Children's Book. Her picture book A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever received a Caldecott Honor in 2009. She lives with her family in Pasadena, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008

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    My 19 month old picked out this book at the library and it has become a favorite. The pictures are wonderful and she enjoys pointing out & naming the mommy, daddy, sister - whom she calls 'who, who' after her own big sister, baby, and papa 'for the peddler'. She also makes animal sounds as she points out the animals. It would make a great gift for a baby/toddler!

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