WELCOME, PRECIOUS by Nikki Grimes

WELCOME, PRECIOUS

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Age Range: 0 - 3
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Every child should be so blessed as to be welcomed to the world and into the loving embrace of an adoring family, as is the African-American newborn in this warm poetic picture book. The engaging text is filled with whispering sibilants, as in, “Welcome to robin song / and the swish of leaves in the breeze.” Overall, Collier’s signature eye-catching watercolor-and-collage illustrations are deeply appealing, particularly in the scenes featuring the infant’s captivating open-mouthed, toothless smiles. Page-and-a-half spreads of deep color illustrate Grimes’s joyful inventory of delights. However, the baby’s face isn’t always rendered consistently; one illustration shows it with an odd-shaped head, and in some drawings, balloon collages are distracting. Still, this is a reassuring charmer and a sure-to-be-welcomed paean to doting parents and their cherished newborns. (Picture book/poetry. 0-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-439-55702-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2006




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