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Hushabye Hardcover – October 9, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1st American ed edition (October 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375814140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375814143
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,564,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The day is long for a cat with a stroller full of kittens, a baby sailing a boat on the sea, the man in the moon, and a frog who has been hopping all day in the heat. It's time for everyone to lie down and rest. One by one, each sleepy critter finds a place in which to curl up for the night. "Hushabye hushabye hush."

Award-winning author-illustrator John Burningham has created a perfect bedtime book for sleep-resistant children. The rhythmic repetition of "hushabye" lulls readers into contentment, and the oh-so-sleepy-eyed baby, fish, goose, frog, and others will soon have young ones rubbing their eyes as well. Burningham's dreamy, scratchy line drawings against rich, densely colored backgrounds are strikingly beautiful. Each one is worthy of its own frame. Two-page spreads feature the full-color illustrations on one side, with text and a related line drawing on the other side. Burningham has written and illustrated more than 20 eye-catching books for kids, including Cloudland, Mr. Gumpy's Outing, and Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car. (Ages 2 to 6) --Emilie Coulter

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In a simple narrative featuring intermittent rhyme, Burmingham's (Cloudland) quirky lullaby introduces a handful of weary characters. A cat with a stroller has "had a hard day and/ now needs a place for/ her kittens to stay./ Hushabye." A baby has "been sailing/ a boat on the sea/ and now needs to sleep./ Hushabye." Also ready to rest are three travel-weary valise-toting bears climbing a staircase, a fatigued fish and "the man in the moon,/ he'll be sound asleep soon," sprawled out on his crescent. The text and ingenuous, inventively layered artwork reveal the sleeping spot each selects, which range from rather conventional (the cat family cuddles together in a hayloft) to outlandish (the baby curls up all alone in a tiny boat, floating on a pink sea). Realistic pen-and-ink drawings appear underneath the text, complementing the vividly hued, droll illustrations opposite. In the end, Burningham effectively draws readers into his tale, concluding on a soothing note with words that beg to be whispered: "Your head's on the pillow./ You'll soon be asleep./ Hushabye/ hushabye/ hush." Ages 3-7.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on December 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
It's the end of the day, and creatures large and small are worn out and in need of sleep. From the mother cat with her little kittens, three very tired, suitcase carrying bears, a weary, droopy-eyed fish, and a too-long flying goose, to the man in the moon who'll be sound asleep soon, an eye rubbing, sleepy baby in a boat, and a frog who's tired and dry from hopping all day, all are looking for a place to rest, hushabye.....Award winning author and illustrator, John Burningham, has created a soothing and comforting bedtime story that's just perfect for preschoolers as young as one. The calming rhythm of his simple, quiet, sometimes rhyming text, begs to be whispered, and will lull your little ones to sleep with its gentle motion. Expressive, colorful, and childlike artwork, along with pencil sketches enhance his words. Hushabye will easily become part of your bedtime ritual. "You are tucked up in bed./You toes are all warm./You're out of the wind/and the rain./Your head's on the pillow./You'll soon be asleep./Hushabye/Hushabye/Hush"
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Bavisotto on September 26, 2004
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This is one of the most creative and enchanting stories for children I have ever read, with captivating illustrations to boot. My 2 1/2 year old daughter asks for "Hubashy" every night before going to bed. It simply is the best book in our collection.
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Great service regarding mail and it is a greatly longed for book for my first grandchild. I shall simply love reading this book to her.
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It has a great dreamy quality...uttering the word "hushabye" just beckoned my children to sleep whenever we read it. A shame it appears to be out of print.
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This is a really charming bedtime book that is quite unlike most other bedtime books my toddler has. It has simple, melodic text and sweet illustrtations that make it both comforting and interesting to young children. My almost 3-year old loves this book, as do I.
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