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Hello Baby Hardcover – April 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845070232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845070236
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,697,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very realistic and moving portrayal of the birth of a baby at home. The book exudes warmth, and effortlessly captures the joy of a family sharing preparations for the new arrival. Bookseller In this honest and moving portrayal, Jenni Overend and Julie Vivas celebrate the birth of a baby at home with warmth and joy. This is a wonderful tale to share in preparation for a home birth. Green Magazine An honest but moving celebration of a home birth. Nursery Education --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jenni Overend is a teacher and writer. She lives in the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia with her husband and four children. She avoids writing and housework at all costs by gardening, riding a yellow bicycle, and observing big trees and small dogs. Julie Vivas is the illustrator of many superb picture books. She lives in Victoria, Australia. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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My 2 year old boy absolutely loves this book.
Mrs. Jessica B. Wood
I bought this book for my granddaughter who is going to have a new baby in the house.
Debbie
Very kind, loving and real explaination of birth.
J. Houpt

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By otterbyte on October 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
First, this book is beautifully illustrated and written. The text is calm and lyrical, almost like a poem. The pictures in pastel chalks are rich and warm. This is also the only 'new baby' book I was able to find that featured a home birth. We wanted to prepare our then 3-year-old daughter for the home birth of her sister, and help her understand what would be happening, if it turned out that she wanted to be there. This book is realistic without being graphic, and perfect for kids. I highly recommend this beautiful, touching story.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Cardona on March 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is about a homebirth, which makes it perfect for us. The story is very simple as the perspective is from the youngest child. Mom goes into labour and everyone clamors together to get ready for the birth. The midwife comes and shows her equipment. The family then watches the whole birth. Then the youngest says hello to the baby and they all fall asleep.
What I like: It deals with the simple things you want to deal with. Someone coming over to be with the kids during the labour, mom screaming loudly during the labour, the midwife shows a dopler and an oxygen tank. It deals with the subtle things that could be scary like trembling after the birth, yelling, and the cord around the babies neck and moves them along without fear. They show the birth itself, the baby with the umbilical cord, the mother holding her baby right after the birth, and the placenta but without the blood and mess. It is complete without being graphic...so the mother is completely naked but not exposed (which would be good for reading in a setting that isn't your home or your kids). The kids all gather around and look with curiosity at the placenta. Then the entire family settles down to sleep together, which I like as it shows the family bed. The other thing I like is simply that the mother isn't attending to the kids but isn't ignoring them. There is one page where the little one is helping mom get the baby clothes together and they talk about the baby to come. There is also a page where the mother takes off for a quiet walk alone. The pictures are soft and calm yet frantic and busy...a very good interpretation of the mood. It deals with the birth so that it isn't scary or foreign but natural and electric.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By navyblue on August 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Fed up with all of the books available in mainstream book shops that illustrate mama going off to the hospital to give birth, I was very happy to find this book. Homebirth with a midwife is presented in a calm, peaceful, normal way with lovely illustrations and words.

My only complaint is that the drawings sometimes make it a little difficult to keep the characters straight -- is that the mama? Is that the midwife? What color was the papa's hair again? And there are a lot of names to keep straight as well, my children would point and ask, "Is that ____?" and I wasn't sure myself.

But due to the material itself and theme of the book, I'm sure this will remain a favorite.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Houpt on December 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
We loved this book. I was looking for the book Welcome With Love and couldn't find it. Then I decided this must be the same book with a different title. Anyway, it is a great home birth book. Our 2 year loved to read it and look at the pictures. We changed the words sometimes so he could relate to the story better. Very kind, loving and real explaination of birth. Totally appropriate for any age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Axline on September 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
This story, told from a child's point of view is funny and still so touching! I chuckled at one point and was nearly in tears at another. (Note: Pregnancy hormones probably helped.) The artwork is beautiful, as is the honest approach in this book. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in birth, but especially to mothers helping a child prepare for the home birth of a new sibling. Beautiful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angie Phillips on May 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book has been a favorite to both of my children. When I was pregnant with my daughter, my son loved hearing about what to expect during the birth experience and now my daughter, who is two, wants to read it every night. She's even acting out having her own baby! It's a beautifully written story, captured with the heart, authenticity and simplicity of a child's perspective. I highly recommend this to anyone expecting a second child (or beyond...), especially when you want your child to experience the beauty of birth, rather than how we most often see births portrayed in our culture. This is truly a lovely look at honoring a child's experience in welcoming a sibling into the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Jessica B. Wood on April 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
My 2 year old boy absolutely loves this book. He wants it read to him every night. It's a beautiful book about birth and welcoming a baby into the world the way we would all like to do it - a natural birth with supportive loved ones around us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly B. Spooner on June 9, 2008
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When I was pregnant with my second child, this book (then called Welcome With Love) was our daughter's birthing prep book. We read it over and over again. Julie Vivas' illustrations are beautiful. When we homebirthed our second baby, our daughter knew a lot of what to expect because of the text that is written through a child's eyes. Definitely one of my favorites!
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