Stein, David Ezra. Hush, Little Bunny. David Ezra Stein, Illus. Picture Book. Balzer & Bray, 01/2019. pp. $17.99. 978-0-06-284522-1. HIGH ADDITIONAL. GRADES TOD-K.
In this original rhyme inspired by the lullaby “Hush, Little Baby,” papa rabbit promises to protect little rabbit: “And if the afternoon brings showers, we’ll stay by a tree that’s hung with flowers.” The realistic rabbits and meadow setting are depicted in mixed media with a loose feel, using paints and thick black outlines. The message may not be unique, but this is far less didactic than McBratney’s Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick, 1994). Sure to be a hit at baby and toddler storytimes, especially when paired with singing of the original lullaby.
Penny Peck, San Jose State University, iSchool