A Thai Hide-and-Seek
Candlewick, Hardcover, 9780763620417, 40pp.
Publication Date: August 19, 2004
Papa calls on all the creatures of the jungle to help find his baby in this tender, noisy, and gloriously illustrated game of hide-and-seek.
"Jut-Ay, Baby, peek-a-boo,
Want to play? Where are you?"
Baby knows that Jut-Ay means morning has come, and it's time to play. But where is Baby hiding? Eechy-eechy-egg! crows the red-tailed rooster. Is Baby near? Hru-hruu! Hru-hruu! whines the puppy dog. Is Baby crouching there? Jiak-jiak! Jiak-jiak! screeches a monkey in the banyan tree. Is Baby swinging there? Hornbill and snake, elephant and tiger — who can finally lead Papa to Baby's hiding place?
Holly Meade has illustrated many acclaimed children's books, including
HUSH! A THAI LULLABY by Minfong Ho, BLUE BOWL DOWN: AN APPALACHIAN RHYME by C. M. Millen, and THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR by Florence Parry Heide. She says, "Hiding, peeking, seeking -- what child, the world over, doesn't delight in these things? Creating these pictures brought me back to the days when I played such games with my own children, and the happy surprises and hugs they inevitably led to."