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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Hush, Baby, Hush! Lullabies from around the World
by Kathy Henderson
Age Range: Under_5
This lovely collection of 29 traditional lullabies has been gathered from every corner of the world and features the original language alongside the English translation, as well as some sheet music.
These charming, simple lullabies give a flavour of the many different parts of the world that are represented here as well as showing that getting a baby to sleep is the same the world over. There are lullabies 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, West Africa (Yoruba).
The sensitive translations manage to keep all the rhythm of the originals, making both versions perfect for reading aloud. The illustrations by Pam Smy are evocative of the different countries from which the lullabies are drawn. Parents and babies can sing along using the music at the end of the book. Hush, Baby, Hush! is also an ideal resource that can be used in the classroom too.