A sleeping baby is a precious event, and the mother in Minfong Ho’s HUSH! is diligent in protecting the quiet. Though mosquito, lizard, cat, mouse and more interrupt the silence, the baby sleeps while the mother hushes until all is calm. And as every mother knows, as soon as mama sleeps, baby wakes.
The sing-song prose is full of onomatopoeia, -ing words and questions. Go on a word hunt for any of these conventions. Be sure to look for rhyming words and pay attention to Holly Meade’s beautiful illustrations that define the text.