HUSH LITTLE BABY by Sylvia Long

HUSH LITTLE BABY

KIRKUS REVIEW

In a variant of the traditional lullaby, a mother rabbit draws on the natural world at the close of day for her young child's bedtime ritual. Hummingbird, cricket, shooting star, and lightning bug are featured in the evening observances a mother makes for her child as shadows fall. After dark, the scenes move indoors, and the child's bedtime is prefaced with a story, a warm quilt, a teddy bear, and a song: ""When that star has dropped from view, Mama's going to read a book with you. When that story has been read, Mama's going to bring you a warm bedspread."" The artwork is cloned from Long's illustrations for Jonathan London's Liplap's Wish (1994, not reviewed), with her trademark rabbits frequently depicted in warm embraces. Star-studded pajamas, designer carrot curtains, and a patchwork quilt showing each story element make for a contemporary version of the ""great green room"" most children already know so well. A caveat: Squeamish children will not be soothed by the realistic depictions of the cricket and lightning bug mentioned in the song. The musical score is not included, but adults and listeners won't be able to refrain from humming or singing along.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0811814165
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Chronicle