Hush, Baby, Hush! is a book of traditional lullabies gathered from all over the world to entertain children of all ages. These beautiful, simple songs and poems give a flavor of different parts of the world as well as show that soothing children to sleep is the same the world over. With words in the original language plus the English version, together with a melody line and delightful illustrations, this global collection is truly a book for all children; parents and educators can select from the songs to lull young children to sleep or to read and sing along with older children. The lullabies included in Hush, Baby, Hush! come from Australia (Aboriginal), Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Czech Republic, England, France, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Malawi, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Spain, Turkey, USA (Hopi), Wales, and West Africa (Yoruba).
It’s really a gem— lovely for laptime or storytime sharing— with many cultures represented and engagingly illustrated. It’s quite an achievement to capture multiple languages and cultures, but this collection hits the mark.
This book includes the music for the songs in the backmatter, so collaborate with a musician or music teacher to learn a sample song and perform it. Invite kids to interview family members about lullabies shared in the past. Translate familiar lullabies from English into other languages of the community or vice versa.
Other collections of global lullabies and verses:
Delacre, Lulu. ARRORRÓ MI NIÑO: LATINO LULLABIES AND GENTLE GAMES. ISBN 978-1584301592
Benjamin, Floella. SKIP ACROSS THE OCEAN: NURSERY RHYMES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. ISBN 978-1845077884
Orozco, Jose-Luis. DIEZ DEDITOS: TEN LITTLE FINGERS & OTHER PLAY RHYMES AND ACTION SONGS FROM LATIN AMERICA. ISBN 978-0525457367
By Sylvia M. Vardell