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HERE YOU ARE, BABY by Miriam Hathaway


by Miriam Hathaway ; illustrated by Jill Labieniec

Age Range: 1 - 4

Pub Date: March 1st, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-943200-15-3
Publisher: Compendium

An adult bunny lovingly contemplates what life will be for a newly arrived baby.

As the seasons change, the adult bunny ponders a series of questions, wondering what baby bunny will be, have, know, find, and do. The six-line, rhyming text between questions offers optimistic ambitions, such as to have “hopes of dreams come true,” to know “peace under a tree,” and to “feel loved every day.” Though readers may assume the adult bunny is female, this is never made explicit. Baby bunny is also gender-neutral, making this a book that will work for many diverse families. The serene illustrations adopt a seasonal color palette for each section—moving from the cool tones of winter through the delicate emergence of spring and a vibrant summer that passes too quickly into the earthy warmth of fall and back to winter’s stillness—deftly employing white space to balance the color saturation throughout. Lovely and simple in both imagery and text, this title is sure to become a bedtime favorite. It perhaps falls a bit short of its potential by offering only wishes for a life unrealistically filled with positivity and ease rather than also incorporating desires for resilience to overcome the challenges that baby bunny will inevitably face.

A gentle, hopeful collection of aspirations for a new life.(Picture book. 1-4)