Hush, Little Ones

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Publishers Weekly
As he did in While You Were Sleeping, John Butler deftly portrays animals in their natural setting in Hush, Little Ones. Soft light and lilting rhyme ("Hush, little rabbits,/ don't make a sound./ Sleep tight in your burrow, deep underground") are certain to soothe. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Butler focuses on animal mothers and their babies in their special nighttime places. His acrylic and colored-pencil illustrations are realistic, gentle portrayals of animal life, infused and backlit with the yellow warmth of a waning sun. The "oooh-ahhh" factor is high here, with cute-as-they-come fluffy penguins and bunnies, contented kangaroo joeys, and cuddled-up birds and mice. While the lullaby-style text holds no surprises, with predictable rhyme pairs such as "time to rest/cozy nest" and "bedtime is here/Mother is near," the verse reads smoothly and comfortably. A visually appealing book that is perfectly suited for bedtime reading.-Carol L. MacKay, Camrose Public Library, Alberta, Canada Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Never has the power of suggestion been more irresistible, as Butler (Whose Baby Am I?, 2001, etc.) offers a series of drowsy animal parents and their young nestling down together for the night. Paired to one large-type couplet each—"Hush, little penguin, go to sleep, / nestled between your fathers feet"—the snoozers are rendered in astonishingly lifelike close-ups, on oversized, double-paged full-bleed spreads, every downy feather or tuft of fur, every bright eye carefully limned. Butler intensifies the coziness of it all even further by giving every joey, colt, chick, cub, and pup a subtle smile; children will be smiling too as they drift off to dreamland on the wings of this sonorous beddy-bye rhyme. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561452972
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 811,254
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

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    Gently read your child to sleep--Wonderful!

    This is a delightful board book designed for the very young child - ages 1 to 5. It is perfect for young hands to hold, fondle, turn the pages, tote around the house, and sleep with. Yes, I said sleep with. Little ones who have this beautiful treasure of a book will want to cuddle up with the book as well as their own treasured stuffed animal. As we open the book, we find mama bird settling her little ones down for the night. Hush, little ones, you sleepyheads, Warm and safe in your own special beds. Turn page after page and find beautifully drawn pictures of mother and father animals as they gather their little ones and gently nudge them into a sleepy mode for the evening's rest time. Bunnies, monkeys, bears, lions, penguins all have a special, gentle way that they lull their little ones to sleep and gather them to safety. Hush, little zebra, you'll be dozing soon, By the light of the stars and the silvery moon. About the author/illustrator: John Butler is the author and illustrator of numerous books for children. He lives in England. You can visit John Butler’s website here.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Best bedtime book for babies

    This is by far the best bedtime rhyme book for babies and toddlers. Illustrations of baby animals with their mothers. Each page an animal and a corresponding rhyme with soothing sounds and beautiful words, slowly relaxing your baby and getting him ready to go to sleep. By the time my son was 2, he could almost say the words in each page. Love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2005

    Beautiful Pictures!

    My mother gave this book to my son when he was just a tiny baby. The illustrations are beautiful, soft and warm... showing different baby animals with their mothers or fathers. It's a sweet book that's perfect for bedtime.

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