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by Minfong Ho

illustrated by Holly Meade


School Library Journal:

PreS-K– A delightful companion to Ho and Meade’s Hush! A Thai Lullaby (Orchard, 1996), this title features a father and daughter playing “Jut-Ay.” The setting is once again a lush jungle, but this time the animals’ participation is encouraged, rather than discouraged. As Papa searches for his little one, he encounters a variety of noisy creatures and playfully responds to each one: “Jut-Ay, peek-a-boo,/Oh, puppy dog, it’s just you!/Sniff behind that rattan chair./Is my baby crouching there?” From the rhymed verses and onomatopoeia to the nearly hidden toddler in each spread, this story is brimming with child appeal. Done in watercolor and cut-paper collage, the exuberant illustrations convey the energy of the high jinks and the girl’s satisfaction at being found. Children will want to look for each creature in the final cozy scene. Small groups and individuals alike will enjoy this enticing offering. Pair it with Jose Aruego’s We Hide, You Seek (Greenwillow, 1979) and Suse MacDonald’s Nanta’s Lion (Morrow, 1995) for a storytime of international proportions.–Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library –Wendy Lukehart (Reviewed October 1, 2004) (School Library Journal, vol 50, issue 10, p115)


Ages 0-8, Family, Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten