Hush, Child! Can’t You Hear the Music?

Rose Thompson
Edited by Charles Beaumont
Foreword by John Stewart

“A beautiful book in every way . . . Touched with the beauty, sadness, magic, and mystery of life itself.”—Arts Journal


"An artful celebration of lyrical folktales and remembrances of rural time past. This book is a visit home."
Georgia Journal

"The gentle warmth of this little treasury will caress your heart like a visit from an old friend."
Charlotte Observer

Hush, Child! Can’t You Hear the Music? is a remarkable collection of black folktales and photographs from rural Georgia. During the 1930s and 1940s Rose Thompson worked as a home supervisor with the Farm Security Administration in middle Georgia. While she worked with farmers and their wives--teaching them to put up preserves, make cotton mattresses, and build chick brooders--she listened to the stories they told. Reading Hush, Child! Can’t You Hear the Music? is like spending an afternoon reminiscing on the front porch. The book is illustrated with photographs taken by Thompson and WPA photographer Jack Delano.

Page count: 128 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 8

Read more about folktales at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.


List price: $22.95

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Rose Thompson was a native of Greene County, Georgia. Before his retirement, Charles Beaumont was a professor of English at the University of Georgia.