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Hush, Little Digger Hardcover – May 1, 2006

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PreSchool-K–This entertaining twist on the traditional lullaby opens with the lines, Hush, little digger, don't say a word,/Papa's gonna scoop you a pile of dirt./And if that dirt starts to overflow,/Papa's gonna find you a red backhoe. In succession, Papa upgrades to a front-end loader, a big dump truck, an asphalt paver, a bulldozer, a concrete crusher, etc. The lyrics flow in rhythm with the traditional melody. White's cartoons, rendered in painted oil and colored pencil, perk up the verses. In one illustration, little digger maneuvers a backhoe with a scoop full of penguins. When the cherry picker gives the boy a lift up, the youngster offers an apple to an eager giraffe. A fun, lively choice for one-on-one sharing or for storytimes, this father/son story is a whimsical addition for kids who just can't get enough heavy equipment.–Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
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PreS-K. Inspired by the traditional lullaby "Hush Little Baby," this picture book will instantly find its audience--small folks who love big trucks--thanks to the jacket, which shows a boy and his father riding in the bucket of an excavator. The story begins as the dad tells his son that he is going to find him a red backhoe, then discarding that idea in favor of a front-end loader, trading up to a big dump truck, and so on. The text rolls along pretty well, with some amusing verbal stretches to create satisfying rhymes as well as the occasional near-rhyme or bump in the rhythm. Despite the constantly repeated notion of swapping one piece of machinery for another, variations in the oil and colored-pencil illustrations create a pleasing new scenario on each double-page spread. Sometimes zany, the artwork stays well within the bounds of a child's imaginative play. Parents, teachers, and children will find this picture book fun for reading aloud, and even more fun for singing aloud. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582461600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582461601
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This remake of "Hush Little Baby" is creative and the rhymes are surprising, never forced. My niece and several other kids I love ADORE this book and ask for it over and over. It nicely melds two major interests of young kids--rhythmic, repetitive text and big equipment! One of my recent favorites for reading (or singing) aloud.
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By K. Harris on September 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I read to my son at least twice a day and it is hard to find boy books that are fun and different. This book foots the bill. He sings the song during the day and he and I enjoy singing it together before bed. Lots of fun!
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By C. OTool on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Our whole family loves this book. It is such a fun take on the traditional lullaby. My 2 year old boy loves it as well as my 6 year old girl and 8 year old boy. The rhymes are great and the pictures are so cute with lots of color. I would highly recommend this book for those of you with boys (only because it is a boy in the pictures) who love construction equipment and big trucks. I will buy this book again as a gift.
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Format: Hardcover
When we first read this, it seemed awful. The words didn't seem to fit well with the rhythm at all. However, after reading it a few more times, I found the proper way to "force" the words in to the rhythm and rhyme, and it was great. The "alternate" version of "hush little baby" can be sung to entertain many little digger fans. The pictures are also quite entertaining, making this book great for 2-4 year old boys.
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Format: Hardcover
We just LOVE this book.... In fact, it is the perfect book for any little boy who loves big trucks, digging and dirt... I love giving it as a gift with a construction toy for birthday gifts.... It's a MUST HAVE for your bookshelf.
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