Hush Say the Stars
Little Book Press, 2018
32pp., pbk., RRP $A16.99
Hush, say the stars, as they shine through the night.
All is still, all is quiet, sleep tight…
As night falls and the stars peek through, the farm slowly quietens as the animals bed themselves down for the night. And so it is for the little boy as he snuggles down with his pet bunny into his cot. It is time for the animals to sleep and time for him to.
Getting little ones to sleep at night can be tricky, particularly as the days lengthen and being awake and about is tempting, but this lullaby-like story is the perfect finale of the three stories that should make up the nightly bedtime reading routine. With illustrations as soft as the text and the message, it is perfect for settling even the most awake child as they learn that everything needs to sleep and there is a ritual that is followed everywhere, even for the animals. Even children living in the city could talk about the creatures that they know that are settling in for the night, as the stars shine over the country regardless of whether it’s rural or urban – they just see different things as they do.
With its soft language and soporific rhyme, this is a must-have for any parent with a young toddler. Pop it in their Christmas stocking – they will thank you for it, night after night.