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Shhhh! by Suzy Kline


by Suzy Kline

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A gem of a book with vivid illustrations. The little girl in the story is shushed by members of her family, all of whom are too busy to focus on her. Rather than get belligerently angry, the girl goes outside and enjoys all the noise she needs to make playing noisily and happily in the yard with the dog. Afterwards, she is once again able to be quiet indoors.

I never set out specifically to write reviews and was surprised to find that I'd reviewed 99 books prior to this one. I decided in that moment to be deliberate about Book 100; to choose a book with extra importance to me. 'Shhhh!' is a very worthy choice. I like this book so much because it is right in tune with the feelings of children who are too often ignored by their loved ones - ignored not because mom and dad and other family members do not love their child, but because it's simply all-too-easy to be swept up in 'important' things and forget how truly important it is to spend a few minutes of focused attention here and here with one's beloved child.

I think this book has a new relevance and extra importance in these days of cell phones and easy internet connection, and recommend it to parents and children alike. The message of the book is clear to loving parents but the author and illustrator so deftly convey it that no insult or shame is dumped upon the parents, leaving room for the book to be enjoyed and connections strengthened between parents and children. ( )
  Merryann | Dec 5, 2015 |
relates to alot of kids know a days and how they have to be quiet alot of the times. There are times to be loud and other times to keep quiet. That is what this little girl in the book understands ( )
  crystalr | Dec 10, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0807573213, Library Binding)

Constantly hushed by all the older people around her, a little girl finally goes outside and lets loose with all the noises she knows.

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Constantly hushed by all the older people around her, a little girl finally goes outside and lets loose with all the noises she knows.

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