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Hush [Hardcover]

Anna Strauss , Alice Priestly

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What mother hasn't murmured "hush" to soothe a crying child? In this lyric picture book, Anna Strauss celebrates the enduring power of one mother's words of comfort to her daughter. Sara is a "happy little girl" who "would swing on swings, slide down slides, and even climb trees." When she gets hurt, she turns to her mother, who always takes her in her arms and says, "Close your eyes, my baby. This too shall pass. Hush the hurt, my heart. Tears may fall but I am here, so hush." As in the Robert Munsch picture book Love You Forever, which Hush closely resembles, the child who skins her knee grows into a teenager who "wore strange clothes and said mean things, just to upset her mother." But when her boyfriend moves away and forgets to write, Sara still turns to her mother, who gently croons the old childhood refrain. And when Sara moves away herself and marries and has a child, she finds herself singing her mother's song of "Hush" to her own daughter.

While Hush is certainly sentimental, it avoids the melodrama of the Munsch bestseller, which features a grown-up child rocking his mother to sleep on her deathbed. Sara's mother doesn't die, and indeed, on the final page of this more cheerful paean to mother love, she joins her daughter in comforting her granddaughter. Alice Priestley's sunny watercolours in a rainbow of dewy pinks and blues add to the joyful atmosphere. Still, like Munsch's famous tearjerker, this is a book more for adults than for children. (Ages 3 to 6) --Lisa Alward

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Close your eyes, my baby. This too shall pass. Hush the hurt, my heart. Tears may fall, but I am here, so hush. Hush is the story of a mother?s love, unyielding over the years. Sara is a happy little girl ? like most kids she has not a care in the world. But every now and then she finds herself feeling less than happy -sometimes sad, sometimes hurt. Who can she turn to? Mom. A mom is always there with a hug and soothing words to make everything better, really as only a mother can. Now Sara is growing up and will soon leave her mother to start a life of her own. Will teenage Sara still seek the comfort of mom when life takes its turns? And what will grown-up Sara do when her own daughter suffers childhood?s bumps and bruises? With dynamic colour illustrations, Hush is a wonderfully poetic dedication to that unique everlasting bond between mother and child.

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