WHEN I FIRST HELD YOU by Mirik Snir

WHEN I FIRST HELD YOU

A Lullaby from Israel
by , illustrated by , translated by
Age Range: 2 - 4

KIRKUS REVIEW

This soothing, rhythmic lullaby from a prolific Israeli author celebrates the beauty, harmony and joy in the natural world as it welcomes a new baby. “On the day you were born / Mountains bowed down / Rivers ran ‘round / Trees were drumming / Flowers strumming / Grasses humming…” A mother’s ecstatic love is mirrored by the wind’s, moon’s and sun’s caresses, blessings and love. Nature’s joy is evident as the clouds dance and the rain sings. The author’s daughter Eleyor Snir provides full-bleed double-page spreads that feature delicate, jewel-toned folk-art–style paintings of blissful animal families set against patterned backgrounds. These foreshadow the last, tender scene, in which an adoring new mother cradles her newborn child. The unassuming and calming melodious text, fluidly translated by Shubow, will certainly encourage serenity and comfort at the end of each day. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7613-5098-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Kar-Ben
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2009




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