Sunday, January 31, 2010

A Better Hush Little Baby

I have a friend who really does not like the song Hush, Little Baby. Her father used to sing it to her when she was very little. But during her childhood tragedy struck and she did not even get to enjoy having her father around as she grew up, let alone receiving comforting presents from him.

I've mentioned Sylvia Long's beautifully illustrated Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. She also illustrated a version of Hush, Little Baby that she rewrote herself, purposefully changing the lyrics from gifts to scenes of the mother and child appreciating nature. Like my friend, Mrs. Long did not want the song to be about using unreasonable promises to bribe a baby to be quiet.

We got Smiley that Hush, Little Baby from the library a few days ago. Today he really grew fond of it. I enjoyed reading it five times, then decided to distract him by changing the activity to looking online for videos of elements of the nature scenes (hummingbirds, fireflies, etc.) with which he was unfamiliar.

We do own Sylvia Long's version of Mother Goose, which I am eager for Smiley to latch on to. But so far his favorite books are either short songs or stories where each page depicts an event happening to a central character.

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