Hush, Little Horsie

Hush, Little Horsie

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by Jane Yolen, Ruth Sanderson
     
 

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Hush, little horsie,
Asleep on the moor.
Your mama is close—
That’s what mamas are for.

Mama horses around the world promise to watch over their little ones as the foals frolic and play and eventually fall asleep in this soothing bedtime story. Young horse lovers will drift off with Ruth Sanderson’s stunning

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Hush, little horsie,
Asleep on the moor.
Your mama is close—
That’s what mamas are for.

Mama horses around the world promise to watch over their little ones as the foals frolic and play and eventually fall asleep in this soothing bedtime story. Young horse lovers will drift off with Ruth Sanderson’s stunning horses in their minds and the promise of their own parents’ enduring love in their hearts.

Award-winning author Jane Yolen has written the New York Times bestselling How Do Dinosaurs . . . series and Owl Moon, winner of the Caldecott Medal. In Hush, Little Horsie, she has dreamed up a lovely rhyming read-aloud for a mother and child to snuggle up with.

This gorgeous picture book is perfect for horse lovers big and small—and for mothers in need of a good bedtime story.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Rebecca Caswell
This bedtime read aloud tenderly illustrates the bond between mother and child through pairs of mama and baby horses. The devoted mare watches while her foal frolics and plays and continues to stand guard when he settles down to sleep. From the sea to the plain to the barn, these mother horses share the same devotion for their babies. Rich pictures bring the animals to life on the pages of this glossy board book while warm color tones invoke a sense of calm and comfort. The words weave a lyrical melody that repeats throughout the story and assures the reader of her mama's constant presence. Young listeners will delight in the rhythm of the soft rhymes and look forward to the familiar refrain. The loving bond between the mare and her foal is extended to encompass the mother child relationship as the last page shows a mother tucking her horse-loving daughter into bed. This endearing book is sure to be requested and guaranteed to promote sweet dreams. Reviewer: Rebecca Caswell
Children's Literature - Heather Christensen
This simple, repetitive rhyme celebrates mothers and babies, bedtime rituals, and of course, horses. Each verse features a different habitat for horses—a farm, a plain, a seaside, the English moor, and a stall—with the concluding verse taking place in a bedroom with a mother and child reading together. Both the author's and illustrator's love of horses is reflected in the child's room, which is filled with representations of horses, from the picture of a unicorn on the wall to the rocking horse in the corner and the stuffed animal in the little girl's arms. The text reflects the nurturing role of mothers everywhere who watch over their children while they play and sleep. The soft, realistic illustrations depict panoramic views of various environments and the horses that live and play there. Whether it is a thoroughbred watching over her future racer, a wild island pony (memories of Chincoteague, anyone?), or a spotted workhorse on a farm, there is a horse for every fan—and their mothers, too. Reviewer: Heather Christensen
School Library Journal
PreS—In this gentle picture book, a variety of mares stand guard as their foals and fillies play, run, leap, and finally sleep. From farmyards to the plains to the seashore to the moors, the horses are introduced in simple rhyme. In each case, readers are reassured that the mothers will always take care of their babies and the final lines, "she'll watch when you leap/And when you are tired,/She'll watch as your sleep," are repeated at the end of each section. The book ends with a human mother and her daughter nestled beneath blankets at bedtime, reading stories and preparing for sleep. The girl drifts off, content with the knowledge that her mother is close and will always stand watch as she sleeps. Sanderson's lush and lovely paintings are an ideal match for the reflective text. With text and illustrations as tender as a lullaby, this picture book is ideal for bedtime sharing.—Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI
Kirkus Reviews

The opening stanza—"Hush little horsie, / Asleep on the farm. / Your mama is near / And will keep you from harm"—sets the tone for a soothing bedtime hymn featuring horses. A variety of different mother horses and ponies in different settings (plain, islands, moor, stable) protectively watch fuzzy foals run, play and sleep. The text emphasizes the idea of the all-protective parent who will always provide support and a safe place to dream.At the end, the narrative switches to a human "mama" putting her daughter (who holds a stuffed horse) to bed. This functions as a nice point of interest for little ones to connect themselves to the book. The theme is as sweet as sugar, and it's hard to imagine this not being a source of comfort for any young child, but it's still not as fresh as one would expect from such an established writer as Yolen. Sanderson's lush, incredibly precise portraits of the horses are also high in glucose. Simple and cuddly, but we've seen this before. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375851391
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Pages:
26
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Award-winning author Jane Yolen has written more than three hundred books, including Owl Moon, winner of the Caldecott Medal, and the New York Times bestselling How Do Dinosaurs . . .? series. Her work has garnered some of the most prestigious awards in children’s publishing. When she is not writing, Jane composes songs and works as a professional storyteller. She is the mother of three grown children and a grandmother of six.

As a child, Jane was crazy about horses, though she knew only the ones who drew the hansom cabs in New York City’s Central Park. But once her family moved to Connecticut, she got her chance to ride Lipizzaners, the great white “airs aboveground” horses. She has never forgotten the feeling of riding such powerful, beautiful, and well-trained steeds.

Jane now lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts.

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Hush, Little Horsie 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We are moving camps to 'horse herd' all results. Our new hunting territory is at 'horse run' all results. When I have time, I will put up hunting posts but until then you can make your own. -Velveteyes-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok meet you at morning dove res 1 *he pads out of the camp*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BABY!!!!!!!! Do u remember me? I got locked out of mth res one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice job on the stories, keep writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She watched Spiritkit playing, trying to catch the moss. She remembered playing games like that with her littermates, but they were dead. She shook her head. She needed to live in the present.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I turn my cream colored head and fix the black tom with a hard stare "and who might you be?" ~daisyflame
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Help WingClan defeat klan kaos at cat tail first result.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Fawnstep! Oh, I'm so happy we're all here. We'll have the clan back in no time." Briarsong said, purring." We're recollecting already." €Briarsong
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[[Im going to the pool soon]] Fawnstep purred, then flicked her ear. "Where's the leader", she questioned, her dark blue optics flitting from each of the faces of Horseclan. ~Fawnstep
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do that all the time.<br> <p>-TC
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sighed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The silky white shecat silently entered her old home, her black legs, ears, and tailtip blending with the darkness and making her appear to be floating. With a sigh of relief, glad to be home, Velveteyes layed down in soft grass and went to sleep. -Velveteyes- Hey everyone, big announcment. The baby is here!!! She's very early, and incredibly tiny, but shes here! Her name is Isabella Ray, barely 6lb and I swear the most beautiful hazel brown eyes ever!! Im going to try to get a picture on facebook and/or instagram bc I want u all to see her!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Velveteyes it's gone!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She sat outside the camp, still not wanting to go in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Huh up pie don't you cry little pony *crying* hush little one *sniffle* :*(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So so pretty and cute
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
@$#&%* SO CUTE .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is this book so high??? It is cute, but cost too much for the read.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming story wonderful for children