HUSH! A Thai Lullaby

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.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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