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32 pages

Pub Date

Apr 6, 2022



Age 3+

A Little Bit of Hush

By Paul Stewart
Illustrated by Jane Porter

A story celebrating mindfulness and quiet moments in a noisy world

The Starlings are squabbling
the Crows are making a terrible din - 
it's SO NOISY the Squirrel babies just CAN'T sleep.
Squirrel knows there's only one thing to do. She must ask Owl for help...

And so begins a magical woodland journey with Owl's amazing Silence Catcher. Owl and Squirrel discover the hush inside a hollow tree...then the stillness when an acorn drops...and last of all, the silence between the lightning's flash and the thunder's roll. They capture pockets of peace, moments of stillness, bubbles of silence...and Owl puts them all together for Squirrel.

Now, when Squirrel goes back home to her babies, could there be A Little Bit of Hush?

This beautiful picture book encourages mindfulness, awareness of nature and ways to find peace and stillness in our noisy world.



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Jane Porter

Author and Illustrator

Jane Porter is an exciting new illustrator and writer. In addition to her picture book work, she does illustration commissions for organisations such as London Zoo, The National Trust, the V&A and Kensington Palace amongst others. Jane uses pen and ink, cut paper and collage to make images that reflect her love of animals and sense of humour. Her baby book This Rabbit, That Rabbit was chosen by Book Trust to be given to all new babies born in 2015. Jane also runs creative workshops for children, and school art projects. When she is not working she can be found out on the river Thames in a coracle, skiff or punt looking out for passing bats, cormorants and wagtails. Jane lives and works in London.

Paul Stewart


Paul Stewart is a highly regarded author of books for young readers and together with Chris Riddell he is co-creator of the bestselling Edge Chronicles series, which has sold over three million books and is now available in over thirty languages worldwide. Together they also created the Far-Flung Adventure series, which includes Fergus Crane, Gold Smarties Prize Winner; Corby Flood and Hugo Pepper, both Silver Nestlé Prize Winners. Paul travelled for many years and lived in Germany and Sri Lanka, teaching English as a foreign language, before returning to England and subsequently becoming a full-time writer. He lives in Brighton.


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