Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, Everyone!
I love getting to read piles of picture books and pick out the best of the best to share here, but every now and again I get the extra-special pleasure of being able to share a book written or illustrated by someone I know and admire and am lucky to count as a friend. Be assured - no matter who writes or illustrates the book, it only makes it onto Perfect Picture Book Friday if I really genuinely think it's perfect. So today I have the joy of introducing you to a book by a very talented illustrator. (She is also a talented writer, and I have no doubt we'll be seeing books where she is both the author and illustrator before long!) Those of you who hang out in the kidlit circles probably already know her well. Congratulations, Julie, on your first book-baby - it's here! oh, it's here! oh, it's finally here! :)
I hope you will all enjoy this sweet little picture book for newborns :)
Written By: Karla Oceanak
Illustrated By: Julie Rowan-Zoch
Bailiwick Press, October 2014, Fiction
Suitable For Ages: Newborn - 2
Themes/Topics: first year milestones, family, new baby, love
Opening: "You're here! Oh, you're here! Oh, you're finally here!
Hip, hip, hooray! We've been waiting, my dear!
For your fingers - so perfect. Your nibbly toes.
Your wide-window eyes and your neat, nubbin nose."
Brief Synopsis: A new baby is welcomed with much anticipation of all the wonders and milestones the first year will hold.
Links To Resources: Just read this lovely story with infants to begin the tradition of reading together; read with older children and talk about their first year - all the things they did and when, and how wonderful it was, maybe share their baby journal if you kept one, or look at photographs of them as infants; read with new siblings to help them understand what they can expect from their new little brother or sister.
Why I Like This Book: The story is simple and sweet, and expresses beautifully the wonder and love and happiness of a new baby. It would make a perfect gift for any family with a newborn. If you are a parent, it will make you a little teary, thinking about when you first met your babies :) But the reason I love this book the most is the art. Julie Rowan-Zoch's sweet drawings are simply perfect for this story. The family, depicted as elephants, are just darling. The baby's rosy cheeks, delightful expressions and infant antics are picture perfect. Julie's art adds an extra layer of warmth and emotion to this little treasure of a book :)
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! :)