ON THE DAY YOU WERE BORN by Margaret Wild

ON THE DAY YOU WERE BORN

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Age Range: 2 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

On the day a new baby arrives, all the wonders of nature come together to welcome her in a celebration of life and family.

A first walk in her daddy’s arms reveals the joy of splashing through rain puddles, the greetings from night creatures Owl, Bat and Mouse, busy honey bees, friendly farm animals, the aerobatics of falcons and hawks, and the sweetness of wild berries and flowers. The long, inspiring nature walk ends in the moonlight back in mother’s arms. While readers never see the baby, father or mother, the gentle, soothingly fluid acrylic paintings allow them to experience the beauty of the surroundings through the eyes of this new family. And there is much to observe and explore in each: a hidden bat, bees to count, ladybugs and crickets to espy amid a flower garden. The joyful expression of love for this new child is evident in the flowing text. “On the day you were born, our friends wanted to kiss and cuddle, squish and squeeze you so lovingly that I had to rescue you!” The “friends” depicted are a row of curious, happy farmyard animals.

A delightful celebration of both a new baby and the natural world he or she will inhabit. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-74114-754-4
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Allen & Unwin/Trafalgar
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2014




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