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Hush, Little Horsie

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Jane Yolen, author of the Caldecott-winning Owl Moon, has created a lovely, lyrical bedtime read-aloud sure to please both children and adults. Sleepy children will beg to hear this book again and again, not only for the soothing text, but to pore over the lifelike horses in Ruth Sanderson's beautiful illustrations. 

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Overview

Jane Yolen, author of the Caldecott-winning Owl Moon, has created a lovely, lyrical bedtime read-aloud sure to please both children and adults. Sleepy children will beg to hear this book again and again, not only for the soothing text, but to pore over the lifelike horses in Ruth Sanderson's beautiful illustrations. 

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Editorial Reviews

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
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
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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375858536
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 583,094
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen

JANE YOLEN has written more than 170 books, including Owl Moon, winner of the year Caldecott Medal, and the How Do Dinosaurs . . .? series.

RUTH SANDERSON has illustrated books for children of all ages, including the Horse Diaries series and the Stepping Stone Books Summer Pony and Winter Pony

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Hush little horsie

    Heartwarming story wonderful for children

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Velveteyes to Everyone

    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-

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Birdstrike

    Ok meet you at morning dove res 1 *he pads out of the camp*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    CLARITY TO VOLT ((len))

    BABY!!!!!!!! Do u remember me? I got locked out of mth res one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Caramelstream

    Mornin

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    V<_>&theta<_>╘<_>╦

    "No, I'm not going to be here. Fu<_>ck this. You're just so dumb, I'm losing IQ points just by listening."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Wolfsun

    Lol. So how about that hunting patrol.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    Rainkit to Shimmerbreeze

    Nice job on the stories, keep writing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Shade

    May i join

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Shimmerbreeze

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    Daisyflame

    I turn my cream colored head and fix the black tom with a hard stare "and who might you be?" ~daisyflame

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    To Horseclan

    Help WingClan defeat klan kaos at cat tail first result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    StormBranch

    His ears twitch, and he fixes his gaze on Fawnstep. "Hello. Im StormBranch." He dipped his head, his tail flicking calmly. <p>
    ~StOrmBranch#

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Briarsong

    "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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    Fawnstep

    [[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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Dreamshadows

    Hello.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Talonclaw

    I do that all the time.<br>


    <p>-TC

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Vix

    Cr@p. My NOOK HD+ just reset itself to the factpry default. Now i need to register it, again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Maplejay

    ((Hey, I feel sick and were going on vacation tommorow for three days so, I cant be on. Velveteyes, please save Slightkit or Stormkit for me to roleplay. I'd perfer Slightkit but, if someone else really want sher, thats okay. :) sorry, cya guys in a couple of days.))

    •Maplejay•••

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Aqua and Stream

    A bloody brused kit stumbled in . Another kit was guideing her . The two were russian blues . The one on the left was wider and more muscled . The one on the right was thinner and more agile . The on on the right spoke breathlessly . Im Stream and this is Aqua . Our siters Sea Ocean and Rivr are back there . Aqua stumbled and fell . Stream raced for her colasped siblings . River was followind dragging Sea while Stream had Ocean . Our mother Lepordstar is very weak . A reddish she cat bounded from the side of a golden tom . Lepordstream she whisperd. Sunpaw she gasped . Its mom . With that the she cat bounded out and came back dragging Lepordstar . A cinder grey cat stepped forward . Mom ... . ~~`Dawnpaw`~~ `~~Duskpaw~~` Sea Aqua Ocean Stream and River . Lepordstream

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