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When You Were Born Hardcover – August 19, 2004
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1–The tone is warm and sentimental as a mother recalls the birth of her child and the joy felt by the infant's father, grandparents, uncle, and even the wondering acceptance of the curious dog that, after sniffing the newcomer, assumes his role as guardian. Outside the family circle, neighbors gather as well to welcome the new baby. Full-page, evocative paintings in watercolor and markers express the love, joy, and deep reverence conveyed in the poetic text. The slightly abstract figures are rendered in gracefully curving lines and highlighted with touches of gold. Different colors and textures are imaginatively combined to create eye-catching images that are sophisticated yet childlike. Perfect for one-on-one sharing, this lovely book has a universality that gives it broad appeal.–Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
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PreS. The moment of bonding with a newborn is the subject of this poignant picture book. Mother speaks to Baby about the unforgettable first moment of holding her in her arms. Then she describes the father's embrace, the grandmother's, the grandfather's, the uncle's--each one depicted on its own double-page spread. The family dog makes an appearance, as do neighborhood mothers and kids. Angels are watching. Aston's simple poetry captures the joy and wonder of birth and the physical detail of the infant's fragility and strength ("kissing your downy head . . . your curled fists"). Lewis' full-page watercolor-and-marker paintings, worlds away from his usual realism, are exuberantly impressionistic in style, reminiscent of Matisse and the magic realism of Chagall. In strong shades of red, blue, and purple, the art captures the spiritual wonder as well as the joyful embrace. Give this to parents and siblings to read to the baby they love. Hazel Rochman
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