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HUSHABYE by John Burningham


by John Burningham & illustrated by John Burningham

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: Oct. 9th, 2001
ISBN: 0-375-81414-0
Publisher: Knopf

Gently changing rhythms and drifting into and out of rhyme, the author of countless toddler favorites enjoins pajama-clad tots to follow a trio of kittens, a drowsy baby, three tired bears, and other weary creatures down to slumberland. The art is a mix of ink drawings and cut or torn paper shapes placed against solid colors; the lines of large type will be visible in dim light (always an issue with bedtime read-alouds), and the murmurous conclusion—“You are tucked up in bed. / Your 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”—will seal the deal most effectively. Sleep tight. (Picture book. 2-5)