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Title : Hush! A Thai Lullaby
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ISBN : 9780531071663
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Hush! A Thai Lullaby Reviews

  • Cheryl
    2019-02-04 15:37

    Absolutely lovely. I defy a toddler to stay awake until the end, but that's all the more reason to buy (not just borrow) the book so you can read it with them while they're awake, too. I wish this were more well-known - if not for this Caldecott club I never would have discovered it.I like that it's a creative story, written by a Thai person, depicting animals, architecture, clothing, etc., familiar to the author's childhood... but is apparently *not* based directly on a folktale and therefore requires no historical note beyond the dedication.Don't miss the detail, on some pages, of the baby's antics! I will look for more by both author and illustrator.

  • معصومه توکلی
    2019-02-09 17:14

    فوق العاده بود!برای خواهرها و برادرهای کوچک، برای خواهرزاده ها و برادرزاده ها و برای خودتان بخوانیدش...تاریخ اولین مطالعه: چهارده خرداد هزاروسیصدونودودوتاریخ دومین مطالعه: شش آبان هزاروسیصدونودوچهار برای جمع‌خوانی

  • Manybooks
    2019-02-01 13:28

    In this sweet and enchantingly lyrical marriage of text and image, a Thai mother repeatedly admonishes the fauna in both her domicile and the neighbouring woods to "hush" (as her baby is supposedly sleeping). The presented onomatopoeic diverse animal sounds (from the wee-wee of a tiny mosquito to the hoom-praa of a massive elephant) combined with the soothing cadence and rhythm of Minfong Ho's repetitive verses become increasingly soothing and almost somniferous (although ironically and humorously, even after all of the animals as well as the mother are, indeed and finally, fast asleep, the baby alone remains awake, his eyes bright and round).While in and of themselves Holly Meade's accompanying illustrations are not what I would consider personal favourites (I love their general descriptive expressiveness and colour scheme, but the depictions of some of the domestic animals do seem a trifle stagnant and lacking expressivity if contrasted with, say, the lizard, the monkey and the elephant), they work exceedingly well in conjunction with the text, not only mirroring but also quite massively expanding on Minfong Ho's verses (showing the architecture and layout of a typical Thai house, with its open concept living/sleeping quarters, the adjacent rice barn, but especially and with a delightful sense of visual irony demonstrating that all the while the mother is pleading with the animals to keep down their noise so as not to awaken her infant, the little nipper is actually not only wide awake but out and about, gallivanting around the house). Highly recommended (and most definitely worthy of the Caldecott Honour Medal awarded).

  • SamZ
    2019-02-14 13:28

    1997 Caldecott Honor - Favorite Illustration: As the mother is leaning over to hush the pigs, and she is holding her nose while she scolds them. While in the background, the baby is dangling off the porch to see what is going on under the house.This is a beautiful book that tells of a mother trying to hush the animals surrounding her house so her baby can sleep. Of course, while she is off worrying about making everything quiet, the baby is out and about playing. The repetitive refrains are great for a bedtime story and the cute illustrations show many different animals. I also really like the setting of this story, because you could have so many discussions with kids about how people live in other countries.

  • Dolly
    2019-01-27 12:11

    This is a sweet lullaby, with a rhythmic narrative and unusual onomatopoeia for the animal sounds (isn't it odd how different animal sounds are written in various countries?) It's a repetitive and soothing song that has a fun (and all too true) ending. This book was selected as one of the books for the November 2016- Caldecott Honor discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.

  • Jenny
    2019-01-26 13:40

    A mother keeps trying to hush animals near her home because her baby is sleeping. The text is repetitious with slight changes each time which will make this an ideal book for preschoolers. I found the illustrations engaging (although not personal favorites) and you could certainly point out some of the geographic/cultural references in the illustrations (such as the home and rice barn being on stilts, and the well and the water buffalo). My favorite part of the illustrations was the baby...who was not sleeping.

  • Ch_amyM
    2019-02-01 17:33

    This is a the story of a mother in Thailand trying to get the surrounding world quiet so that her baby can sleep. The rythm and rhyme make is enjoyable for young readers and exposes them to the world of Thailand with all the creatures and animals that surround the hut where mother and child live. I would recommemd this book to primary teachers and know that it could lead to really good discussions, both about the content of the book and about the phonemic awareness elements.

  • Stefanie Burns
    2019-02-20 15:29

    Children fond of Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. will surely enjoy this repetitive text story. Readers can predict which animal it would be and join in the sounds each animal makes. I'm surprised I had not heard of this story. I definitely would have read it to compare and contrast with Bill Martin Jr.'s What Do You See/Hear books. The use of different textured images in the story are bold and add a 3D effect. Great book for youngsters.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-01-20 15:41

    Perhaps a little bit high-energy for a lullaby, but rhythmic and engaging -- the onomatopoeia is fun, and on a penultimate two-page spread you can search for all the animals you met during the story. And the repetition (with enough difference to keep it interesting) of the lullaby's structure can be soothingly rhythmic. I like the art style, and I appreciate that the characters are Asia without the story being About Asian-ness.

  • Luann
    2019-01-20 16:29

    What a great book for reading aloud! The illustrations are cut-paper collage with ink - and simply fabulous. I especially enjoyed finding the baby on each page. He is supposed to be sleeping, which is why his mother goes around to all the animals to tell them to "Hush!" You can read this one again and again and notice something new every time. It definitely deserves its Caldecott Honor award. 4.5 stars.

  • Kathy
    2019-01-24 14:32

    I lovedd this book. The mother is desperately trying to keep all the animals quiet, as her baby has just fallen asleep. At the end, the exhausted mother is asleep and the baby just wakes up. Any mother who has tried to keep a quiet house will realate to this mom! K-3

  • Monique
    2019-02-08 17:11

    A rhythmic lullaby about the sounds of all around. Clearly a mothers work is never done and the welfare of your child is always most important. Loved this glimpse in Thai culture.

  • ABC
    2019-02-10 14:37

    My son thought it was very funny when the baby woke up.

  • Beverly
    2019-02-17 12:37

    I loved the poem and the cut paper collages. And it was fun searching for the little, not-sleeping, child in most of the illustrations.

  • Steffani
    2019-01-22 14:38

    This book is based off of a Thai lullaby, and is fun to read to children because they like to predict what animal will be shown on the next page. It can also spark a great discussion about the similarities and differences between lullabies in different countries.

  • Maria Rowe
    2019-01-30 20:31

    • 1997 Caldecott Honor Book •This is a great nighttime book. Not sure I love the art, but it was fun to look for the not-sleeping baby in many pages of the book! Materials used: cut paper collage with inkTypeface used: 19-point Weiss

  • Alyssa Ricard
    2019-02-12 15:15

    This book was very touching. The mother does her best to keep the baby asleep yet he's up and going. It's very repetitive and keeps the students attention, they'll know exactly what to say next as you read aloud.

  • Ambyer
    2019-02-06 14:24

    This is a good read for younger kids that need a confidence booster.

  • Elizabeth Thigpen
    2019-02-11 12:38

    This is beautiful story about a mother who takes care of her baby who is trying to sleep! It is so sweet.

  • Ally Lindley
    2019-01-22 12:12

    I think this book is an interesting depiction of this Thai lullaby and I think it uses great illustrations to do so.

  • Kelly
    2019-02-08 16:26

    This very beautiful story of a Thai mother hushing all the animals so her baby can sleep is beautiful. The cadence and feel of the story perfectly reflects the story itself.

  • Pam
    2019-01-26 20:16

    A universal story of a mother trying to keep everyone and everything quiet while her baby sleeps.

  • Darinda
    2019-02-17 15:15

    A cute and colorful story about a mother trying to hush the animals (mosquitoes, elephants, pigs, monkeys, and more) so her baby can sleep. This is fun to read with a toddler and make the animal noises aloud.

  • David
    2019-01-22 14:21

    Hush A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho, illustrated by Holly Meade is a mother's lullaby in which she asks various animals to be quiet and not disturb her sleeping baby.Meade's illustrations are cut-paper collage with ink. Her cover art is appealing with the front cover immediately conveying the story's theme, while the back cover cleverly shows the author's and illustrator's names written on two pots. Brown, orange, green and red predominate, with red used to outline people and animals. Varied perspective and small details should keep readers and listeners looking at the rice barn, well, pig sty, pond and forest, and watching for baby. Animals shown and mentioned are mosquito, lizard, cat, mouse, mouse, frog, pig, duck, monkey, water buffalo and elephant. Four panel, one and two page spreads are utilized. One must watch the pictures closely to see what baby is doing. Minfong Ho's poetic lullaby follows the mother as she asks one animal after another to be quiet and not disturb her baby sleeping nearby. Each animal's name is preceded by descriptive words. Unique sounds, unlike ones heard in English are used, such as "op-op op-op" for the frog, for each animal.This charming lullaby was a Caldecott Honor selection. The rhythm and repetition of phrases could make this a good choice for emergent readers. With accurate clothing and cultural items portrayed, this book could be used to introduce a primary unit on Thailand or Asia. For ages 2 to 7, lullaby, bedtime, babies, mothers, animals, sounds, Thailand, and fans of Minfong Ho and Holly Meade.

  • Amy Forrester
    2019-02-07 18:31

    It’s bedtime for a little Thai baby. It’s quiet when his mother lays him in the hammock to sleep, but soon she hears, “Wee-wee, Wee-wee.” It’s a mosquito buzzing! The mother hurries to shush the insect so that her baby can sleep. The mosquito flies away, but the night isn’t quiet for long. A lizard comes a peeping, “Tuk-Ghaa, Tuk-Ghaa,” a glossy white duck comes a beeping, “Ghap-ghap, Ghap-ghap,” as well as the noises made by a black cat, a muddy fat pig, a gray mouse, a green frog, a loose-limbed monkey, a water buffalo, and even an elephant! Each time an animal appears the mother rushes to silence the noise, “Hush!” She is so busy keeping everyone quiet that she doesn’t notice her baby isn’t taking sleeping at all! He’s exploring the house! When at last it is quiet, the mother dozes, “There is no noise now, there is no sound. / Only Baby’s wide awake, / his eyes bright and round.”The repetition in the text of this Caldecott Honor Book makes this a wonderful story to share with babies and toddlers. Each time the mother hears an animal she responds in the same fashion. Ho uses a different onomatopoeia for each animal, but they are not the usual sounds found in American children’s books, (Moo, Quack, Woof, Meow, etc.). It’s good for children to know that animals can make a variety of sounds. The cut paper collage and ink illustrations provide variety and visual humor. A vibrant palate of bright oranges, jungle greens, and dusty browns are utilized throughout the book. Meade’s illustrations feature many cultural markers that ground this book in the culture of Thailand. For instance, the clothing is culturally appropriate, the baby sleeps in a hammock, rather than a bed, and the farm includes a rice barn indicating the crop that the family grows. Full Review at Picture-Book-a-Day:

  • Hillary Forrest
    2019-02-04 14:15

    As I was looking through book in the children section of the library, I found a great book to share with my future students. This particular book, Hush! by Minfong Ho, was one of the Caldecott Honor Book winners of 1997. I enjoyed this book because it is a Thai lullaby. Throughout the book the illustrations help create a picture of a realistic situation endured by a mother trying to keep her child asleep. The front jacket of the book has a picture of a mother holding her small child with her finger to her lips looking at bug close to her face. The back of the jacket has an illustration of two vases with the writer and illustrator’s names on them as well as a cat on its back. Under the jacket the hard cover is solid green. The end paper, in the front and the back, is a rustic orange color. The introduction page displays the back of a woman’s back holding a child that seems to be sleeping. The copyright page is adjacent to the first page that begins the story. I love the illustrations in the book. As you explore each page you can see the use of straight lines and bright colors to bring the story alive. I enjoyed this book because it is different than your traditional story. The book is based on the Thia lullaby but also it is realistic. As a mother, you may find it challenging to keep everything beyond your control quiet while the baby is sleeping. I also liked the use of animals to create a story of drastic measures. I selected this book to share with my students because it has a realistic truth to it while sharing a cultural lullaby. The exposure to other nationality and traditions is important to educational growth. Using this book, I could begin a lesson on Thai culture and beliefs.

  • Courtney Raymer
    2019-01-28 16:11

    Personal Response: This book shows a different type of poem which I liked. It was a lullaby for a child which I didn't think most poems to be. This is a lullaby so it's poetry from folk tradition. I really liked the pictures they were very detailed and the way the poem was written was pretty easy to follow. Purpose:-diversity: This lullaby is from a Thai origin. This shows students that all languages and countries write poems and sing lullabies to babies. This can also show a different type of writing children wouldn't normally see here in the United States. -Sounds: in the book there is a lot of onomatopeia. On almost every page they have sounds that animals make. This could be a good way to get students involved because they can help make the noises with you or they can guess what animal is making those noises. Another literary element that keeps coming up during the lullaby is rhyming. Children can start pointing these things out and help you point our what words are rhyming on each page. -Illustrations: The pictures in this book show great diversity. This is because I'm guessing the setting is in Thailand because it is a Thai lullaby and the illustrations really give you an authentic feel for how other places around the world look and how they dress and where they live.

  • Suz
    2019-02-17 20:22

    The author dedicated this book to her father, saying his "wonderful bedtime stories of giants and turtles, elephants and warriors would leave me more wide-eyed than sleepy, when I was a little girl growing up in Thailand." The book is perfect as a bedtime story with its repetitive text as the mother carefully tries to keep anything from making a noise and waking her child. But the child's antics behind the mother's back are sure to get a laugh from readers and have them searching each illustration to see what happens next. Illustrator Holly Meade has created scenes that mesh well with the setting. The house and rice barn sitting on top of stilts, a woven mat covering the wooden floor, and the mother's clothing all add an authentic charm to the pictures. The text adds more details to the setting by mentioning elephants, water buffalo, and monkeys. There are also the sounds that the animals make before the mother hushes them. Rather than "quack quack," the duck says, "Ghap-ghap." The pig says, "uut-uut," rather than "oink." This would be a wonderful way to share cultural differences with children. How man of them have ever considered that the way humans imitate animal sounds can vary from one nation or language to another?Altogether a very enjoyable picture book, and deserving of the Caldecott Honor it received. I can't believe it has been out for 20 years already.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-21 12:30

    Used for Animal Antics Baby Storytime 9/14/12. Worked pretty well - particularly when I encouraged the parents to act out the animal noises and actions with their babies. I did however skip a few pages (the duck, the monkey and the water buffalo) to make the length more appropriate. The text highlights the Thai words for animal noises and follows a pattern for each animal verse. I'd love to know if there's an actual melody floating around for this somewhere.For older readers, the illustrations by Holly Meade are really the highlight here. Done with cut paper collage and ink, Meade's illustrations bring the Thai setting to life in earthy colors dominated by browns, oranges and reds. I love the textured look that the cut paper collages allow and I want to reach out and touch Meade's creations. Close observers will also notice that as Mama gets more and more distracted trying to hush the many animals, baby makes a break for it - a story told entirely through the illustrations. By the monkey spread, baby is swinging from the porch railings, but he makes it back to his hammock before Mama ever knows. We end with all the animals asleep and Mama falling into what seems to be an exhausted slumber while baby is contentedly wide awake.

  • Storywraps
    2019-02-04 15:17

    "Hush! A Thai Lullaby" is one of the best nap time books, adding flavour and fun to the familiar theme of animals. Written in lilting verse and fabulous, bold coloured, whimsical pictures the story tells of a mother from a village in rural Thailand and her struggle to get her little boy to sleep. Just when she puts her baby down in the house to sleep, it seems the whole animal world becomes wide awake. The Mother is constantly hushing the disturbers until she, exhausted falls asleep at the windowsill and Baby? Well that is the fun part. There is lots of rhyming and repetition making the book entertaining to read out loud. The fabulous illustrations are excellent and the pictures illuminate the dress, environment and weather of the country perfectly. Caldecott Medal winner for 1996.Excerpt: " Hush! Who's that beeping the pond? ' Ghap-ghap!' 'Ghap-ghap!' A glossy white duck. White duck. White duck! don't come beeping. Can't you see that Baby's sleeping? White duck, white duck, don't you cry My baby's sleeping right nearby."