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You Were the First Hardcover – September 24, 2013
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K-Gr 1–Told in second person, this picture book pays tribute to the significance of the moments with a baby from its very first night home. “You were the first…. You were the first to sleep in the basket with the yellow ribbon wound round. You were the first to cry. You were the first to smile.” Simple, poignant lines allow plenty of room for the warm illustrations done in graphite pencil and ink to bring readers into the joyful home of this young family. Each page is full of telling details for children to notice while conveying emotion that will resonate strongly with parents. The baby grows a little with every page turn in this book of firsts–lifting his head, and then crawling, walking, and running–bringing readers to the powerful line in the text: “You were the first to teach us how to be parents.” The book closes with that yellow-ribboned basket again while suggesting a possible second child, but promising that this baby will always be the first. A touching celebration for firstborns.–Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
*Starred Review* Usually books about sibling jealousy over a new baby focus on the interloper. This sweet story reminds firstborns they will always have pride of place. The cover—an Asian mom and a Caucasian dad smile at their baby and dog lying together on a quilt—is representative of many adorable pictures to come. The text is directed to the child and tells of his many firsts: You were the first to cry. / You were the first to smile. As the story moves forward, the child becomes a little older in each spread. The tiny baby is soon crawling and blowing kisses at the dog. Later he crawls, toddles at the beach, catches leaves, and makes snow angels. When spring comes, he is the first to dig in the garden. He is also the first to teach us how to be parents. And though one day there may be a second or third child, he is reassured that You will always be the first. In some ways, of course, this is really for parents looking for a reassuring way to talk about family additions. But preschoolers will enjoy this look back, and the story should spark discussion and memories of what it was like when they were young(er). Preschool. --Ilene Cooper
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Also, I think these books may be produced next to an onion factory, because no matter what, every time my son asks me to read this to him my eyes tear up. So weird. Someone should look into that.
We had just put down our dog when we got this book, not knowing there was a dog page. Both hubby and I cried when we got to that page.
Really though, this book is beautiful. Please buy it and add it to your collection. You will never regret it.
The text & illustrations are very well done.
I purchased this book for my son & daughter in law to read to my grandson in preparation for the arrival of his twin sisters.
I was so happy when it arrived as it was exactly what I was looking for!
His parents have said it is a frequently requested bedtime story.
They also loved the book!