Hush Little Baby

Hush Little Baby

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by Sylvia Long
     
 

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Bedtime is a special ritual for parents and children. Lullabies often play an important role. This best-selling version of the beloved lullaby Hush Little Baby is now available in a sturdy board book making it perfect for sharing with the youngest children.

Author Biography: Sylvia Long is the illustrator of several books for children including the best sellers

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Bedtime is a special ritual for parents and children. Lullabies often play an important role. This best-selling version of the beloved lullaby Hush Little Baby is now available in a sturdy board book making it perfect for sharing with the youngest children.

Author Biography: Sylvia Long is the illustrator of several books for children including the best sellers Ten Little Rabbits and Alejandro's Gift. Ms. Long's detailed paintings are inspired by her love of animals and the outdoors. She lives in Arizona.

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PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY, January 20, 1997
In her reworking of the classic lullaby, Long intentionally de-emphasizes the materialism of the original, making no promises of such grand gifts as a diamond ring or horse and cart. Rather, this Mama character—one of Long's (illustrator of Ten Little Rabbits)familiar, gentle bunnies—comforts her cotton-tailed child with vows to share the sound of cricket calls and a song on her banjo, the sight of a shooting star and the harvest moon and, finally, "As that moon drifts through the sky, Mama's going to sing you a lullaby." Blending images of nature with such timelessly reassuring items as teddy bear and picture book, Long's song is gracious if not especially inventive. The art, meanwhile, is both soothing and diverting. While the audience (like Mama's cooperative offspring) may well find their eyelids growing heavy, they will be happily distracted by the pictures' fetching particulars: a patchwork quilt displaying miniature renditions of objects mentioned in the lullaby and, on the bedside table, a book illustration that hints that this sleepy rabbit is reading the same book that they are.
In this perfect board book edition of Sylvia Long's Hush Little Baby, Mama comforts her little bunny with assurances of a warm bedspread after storytime, lightning bugs "if that teddy bear won't hug," and a harvest moon if the "banjo's out of tune." A thoughtful and warm reworking of the classic lullaby.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her reworking of the classic lullaby, Long intentionally de-emphasizes the materialism of the original, making no promises of such grand gifts as a diamond ring or horse and cart. Rather, this Mama character-one of Long's (illustrator of Ten Little Rabbits) familiar, gentle bunnies-comforts her cotton-tailed child with vows to share the sound of cricket calls and a song on her banjo, the sight of a shooting star and the harvest moon and, finally, "As that moon drifts through the sky,/ Mama's going to sing you a lullaby." Blending images of nature with such timelessly reassuring items as teddy bear and picture book, Long's song is gracious if not especially inventive. The art, meanwhile, is both soothing and diverting. While the audience (like Mama's cooperative offspring) may well find their eyelids growing heavy, they will be happily distracted by the pictures' fetching particulars: a patchwork quilt displaying miniature renditions of objects mentioned in the lullaby and, on the bedside table, a book illustration that hints that this sleepy rabbit is reading the same book that they are. Ages up to 5. (Mar.) FYI: Notecards (set of 16, $9.95, ISBN 0-8118-1643-5) and a 10"-tall plush doll ($14.95, -1792-X) based on the book are being released simultaneously.
Publishers Weekly
When Sylvia Long's Hush Little Baby appeared in 1997, PW said that the artist's interpretation of the traditional lullaby "blends images of nature with timelessly reassuring items."
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Long has created her own version of this traditional song; one in which the parent and child share "the natural things around them and the warmth of a mother's love." The picture book version has been reduced in size and reproduced here as a board book. The charming illustrations provide the right amount of detail for a young child. The interaction between mother bunny and her little bunny will encourage their human counterparts to sit closely and hug one another. An added bonus in this package is the little bunny plush rattle (dressed like the bunny in the book), curved to fit around a crib railing. This gift package is a great way to encourage parents to start reading to a child. 2000 (orig. 1997), Chronicle Books, Ages 3 mo. to 2, $16.95. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo—Children's Literature
Kirkus Reviews
In a variant of the traditional lullaby, a mother rabbit draws on the natural world at the close of day for her young child's bedtime ritual.

Hummingbird, cricket, shooting star, and lightning bug are featured in the evening observances a mother makes for her child as shadows fall. After dark, the scenes move indoors, and the child's bedtime is prefaced with a story, a warm quilt, a teddy bear, and a song: "When that star has dropped from view, Mama's going to read a book with you. When that story has been read, Mama's going to bring you a warm bedspread." The artwork is cloned from Long's illustrations for Jonathan London's Liplap's Wish (1994, not reviewed), with her trademark rabbits frequently depicted in warm embraces. Star-studded pajamas, designer carrot curtains, and a patchwork quilt showing each story element make for a contemporary version of the "great green room" most children already know so well. A caveat: Squeamish children will not be soothed by the realistic depictions of the cricket and lightning bug mentioned in the song. The musical score is not included, but adults and listeners won't be able to refrain from humming or singing along.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811814164
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
02/01/1997
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
62,707
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
1 - 2 Years

Meet the Author

Sylvia Long is the illustrator of several books for children including the best sellers Ten Little Rabbits and Alejandro's Gift. Ms. Long's detailed paintings are inspired by her love of animals and the outdoors. She lives in Arizona. Read more about Sylvia's illustrating process.

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Hush Little Baby 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Laughingfrog More than 1 year ago
I sang the lulluaby this book is based on to my children when they were small. A friend gave me this book when my first grandchild was expected five years ago (for my grandma library). I was delighted, since the focus is on beautiful things in the natural world and not on material possessions. The illustrations are delightful. My granddaughter loves it. I have been tucking it in with gifts for expectant parents or new arrivals.
MBB11 More than 1 year ago
Like the song Hush Little Baby, this book is meant to be sung to a child. However, there's a world of difference between these new lyrics and the original ones in which "Mama" continually buys things for her child. This "Mama" shares her love and the beauty of nature with her child. My grandsons, ages 3 and 4 are crazy about this book and sing it every night at bedtime. They have known the lyrics since they were two. It's a wonderful book!
Mjk_miller More than 1 year ago
My mother got this book for my daughter and I read/sing it to her every night. I love that story is about the wonderful things in nature and a mother's love.
Leviticusd More than 1 year ago
We read to our boy every night and this is a great book for those nights when he is not so tired. It lets me sing him a well known song to help calm him with pictures he can watch as I sing. Plus, I can never remember all the verses on my own anyways. I use this book a lot and recommend it to anyone with a young child.
MichiganMom-RN More than 1 year ago
Great focus on spending time with your child doing everyday activities. Highly recommended.
Readingmom33 More than 1 year ago
Hush Little Baby is a precious storybook, especially as a bedtime story. The illustrations are simply adorable and the tale is soothing and supporting. What a wonderful show of love for parent to child.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We love this book! My 3 1/2 year old twin boys and I sing the story together every night. The words are comforting and the classic sing-song melody is soothing. Hush Little Baby has given us a special way to end each day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book! My 7 year old picked this book out of his school library, and 'A Note from Sylvia Long', is what caught his eye (and the cover, he says)...reading through this book with him, we were able to feel the warmth in the words. He truly appreciated the message the book gave him. He and I have shared many of these moments together, and we look forward to sharing them with his brother/son #2 in the future. This book is truly one we will enjoy for years to come. Thank you Sylvia!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the cutest book ever! The illustrations are wonderful and the updated poem a joy to read/sing. Thank you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank you, Sylvia Long, for new words with which parents can share the tender moments before going to sleep. It IS the beauty in nature and the warmth of a parent's love that truly comforts and calms us. What an improvement over encouraging children to escalate their desires for material things to be satisfied and comforted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love reading this book to my 2yr old daughter. We received it as a gift when she was born, and I have read it to her ever since. I love that the 'gifts' are gifts of love, not material possessions. This is a book I often buy as a gift for new parents. Just a wonderful book w/ great illustrations.
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Sylvia Long has created a non-materialistic spin to the original storyline. Very easy to sing or read. Very soothing words. Very sweet and peaceful.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A nice update to the classic 'Mockingbird' lullaby.