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Hush Little Baby Board book – September 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 7
  • Board book: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Brdbk edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811822907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811822909
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

"Hush little baby, don't say a word,
Mama's going to show you a hummingbird.
If that hummingbird should fly,
Mama's going to show you the evening sky."

Sylvia Long's award-winning (Child Magazine's Best of 1997) ode to mother-child love takes a favorite lullaby and makes it--is it possible?--even better. Troubled by the buy-buy-buy mentality of the original ("Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird/diamond ring/a dog named Rover..."), Long adapts the song to her--and our--liking. Mama now shows her baby the comforting wonders of the world: crickets, shooting stars, warm bedspreads. Long's gorgeous ink and watercolor paintings are reminiscent of Clement Hurd's illustrations in Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon. And now, with this gift set, fans of this sweet lullaby can have a "little baby" bunny all their own, along with a small board book edition of their sing-along favorite! The unbelievably soft plush rabbit rattle is curved into a shape and size just right for tiny hands. Wrap the cuddly pajama-clad bunny around a crib railing so your baby can always reach it. What a perfect gift for the new mother or mother-to-be! (Baby to preschool) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ages 3-6 "Bothered" by what she sees as the materialism of the original song, Long has reworked a familiar lullabye: "Hush Little Baby, don't say a word, / Mama's going to show you a hummingbird." While her retelling stands on its own, it's the artwork that shines here. Long's beautiful ink-and-watercolor paintings are richly colored and realistically detailed. The right page of the spread focuses on the tender and loving relationship between Mama and her baby bunny. Surrounded by borders that resemble quilt stitches, the left side of the spread features a smaller picture that either highlights denizens of the natural world--a cricket, a lightning bug, a harvest moon--or the objects found in the child's cozy bedroom. A lovely book. Julie Corsaro --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

It is my 4 year old most requested bedtime book.
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My son loves this book, it is the last book we read every night before bed.
Kristina
It has a wonderful story and great illustrations as well!
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Christy Bonham on March 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is one of our top ten bedtime stories for our preschool children. It is the discovery of beauty and love as a mother guides her child on a bedtime trek from the porch, to the rocking chair, to the bed. It is a warm and sensitive version of the "mockingbird" Hush Little Baby lullaby. My children don't ask me for a mockingbird, a diamond ring, looking glass, etc. and so that original version seems outdated. Hooray for Sylvia Long...this book reflects a new time and a new generation of parents. She has done an excellent job in creating a book that shows a mother's love and the security of having many options at your fingertips that enrich your life (or in this book make you drift off in contented sleep). Younger children enjoy having a book read to them time after time (moreso than the parents enjoy the reading of it). It seems that with Hush Little Baby I find new details in the artwork each reading and even I havn't tired of it yet. Every page is warm and cozy and filled with nature or cuddles or quilts or bears..all things little children can relate to. I love the individual stitching around the illustrations - a different one each time you turn the page. A negative noteworthy comment (made by three of my children)is that at times the bunnys' ears are very short and seem catlike. Overall I would say this is a must in a childrens' home library!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "qpk" on March 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"Hush Little Baby" is a wonderful story/song. My three year-old daughter and I love to sing it together at night. The pictures are colorful and realistic with a lot of attention to detail. My daughter knows the story/song better than me! This would make a wonderful baby/birthday gift for children from birth and up.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
While many of the wonders of this book are quite obvious upon first reading, it is what occurs after numerous readings that is so rewarding. No longer is it we, our two year old's mother and father reading to her, it is she, our child, reading to us. She points out the various characters, identifies them by name, asks us if we see what she sees, and ultimately, rests her head on her pillow humming words from this wonderful book that should become a staple in every house.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carol Frost Vercollone on June 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I love how this mother teaches her child to love the world and everyday activities. And the book makes bedtime a good thing, always a plus for moms! Whether you're reading or singing Long's words, you can tap into the peace and beauty of life - helps when you're even more tired than your toddler! The illustrations are whimsical and chosing a rabbit family helps the story have more universal appeal.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J Lachman on December 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was looking to update the original lyrics and wanted some ideas, when a friend told me about this book. Although wholesome, the updated text alone doesn't work for my child; there are many more experiences that we can sing to the original tune, which make bedtime stories more tangible, interesting and educational. For instance, we live in the city. I can't show him a shooting star - if we're searching for one, it's WAY past his bedtime. I can however, sing about the snow, the market, or the playground, park and the ducks.

The original text has better imagery for him. Also, the active verbs, like "buy" or "give" or others we substitute, keep him more interested than some of the passive verbs that the author uses. Try creating your own rhymes if you're not a fan of the original or this treacle update.

The tune on which this is based is considered a folk song, and on that definition, the original is an expression of how life is at the time of it's use. I appreciate Sylvia Long's effort to update.

By the way, it is reported that Syliva Long was troubled by the buy-buy-buy mentality of the original verse. Perhaps if she looked at the second verse she may have found the non-materialism she writes about wanting.

"Hush little baby mama's near,

To wipe your brow and calm your fears.

To kiss your cheek and hold your hand,

'Til you drift off to sleepyland.

To help you count those little white sheep,

And sing you songs 'til you're asleep.

To tell you tales of kings and queens,

And Jack and Jill and wonderful things.

So snuggle up and hug me tight,

And dream sweet dreams all through the night.

And every night when the sun goes down,

You'll still be the sweetest little baby in town."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wabi Sabi on November 4, 2005
Format: Board book
I happened upon this book nearly 7 years ago and it instantly became a favorite of mine and also for each of my sons. The verse is full of nature's wonder and instills a sense of appreciation of our world's unique gifts. Reading this book has given me a forum to emphasize the value of non-material experiences for my children; a very refreshing and rare treasure to add to your bookshelves.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 1998
Format: Turtleback
My own mother gave me this book when I was just 8 months pregnant with my daughter. We read it to my growing stomach and then to my bautiful baby after she is born. It is such a lovely book to read or sing and it teaches even the youngest child that love of the natural world is far more important and fulfilling than love of the material.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terena B. Yohe on October 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Hush Little Baby has been a well read book in our house for years. Each page brings a different surprise in the illustrations.
This book has become astandard shower or new baby gift for friends. Everyone that has recieved it has commented to me how much they enjoy it! I highly recommend it!
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