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’sSee more details below

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Overview

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

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)

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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375958533
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 10.33(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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