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Peek! : a Thai hide-and-seek
Ho, Minfong.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2004.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
A father and daughter play hide-and-seek in the midst of the animals near their house in Thailand.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.8 0.5 81656.
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books

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Jiak jiak Eechy-eechy-egg Hru-hruu Where are you? For the little girl in this delightful read-aloud, the Thai phrase Jut Ay (pronounced like shut and the A in ABC)... means that morning has come, and it's time to play. But where is Baby hiding?

Author Notes

Minfong Ho is the author of the Caldecott Honor book HUSH!: A THAI LULLABY as well as many other books for children. She says of PEEK!: A THAI HIDE-AND-SEEK, "As a child in Thailand, I grew up with the game 'Jut-Ay,want to play?' and then enjoyed playing it with my own children. Now I can play it with kids everywhere!"

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."

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. Rhyming text and collage art invite participation in this cultural twist on a familiar childhood game, from the creators of Hush! A Thai Lullaby (1996). Just as American seekers might say Peek-A-Boo, Thai seekers say Jut-Ay when they look for someone in hiding. Here, a father looks for his daughter, who hides in various places in their home and in their garden. The textured collage illustrations evoke a tropical setting and showcase animals indigenous to Thailand. Papa comes across creatures everywhere he looks: a dragonfly in the house, a rooster in the yard, a puppy on the porch. The phonetic sounds, such as the monkey's Jiak-jiak or the puppy's Hru-hruu! look strange spelled out on the page, but they are completely apt when read out loud. In fact, little ones may want to chime in as they join Papa's search among fronds, leaves, and lily pads. --Diane Foote Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.