BEFORE YOU WERE HERE, MI AMOR by Samantha R. Vamos

BEFORE YOU WERE HERE, MI AMOR

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 5

KIRKUS REVIEW

A new baby is welcomed by the entire family as Mami recounts everything that happened in preparation for and anticipation of the little one’s arrival. Hermano wished for a beísbol partner while hermana drew a picture of la familia. Abuelo planted a new tree; Abuela painted a tropical jungle in the baby’s bedroom with jirafas, elefantes and tigres. Mami ate well and felt tiny little pies (feet) flutter in her barriguita (tummy). A gentle and lovingly blended text provides a fluid telling with important and basic Spanish vocabulary woven into the English, from animal and body part names to numbers and colors. Vamos’s easily interpreted story is matched by Cohen’s black-outlined folk-art–style drawings in bright primary hues; they depict an extended Latino family, all involved in the joy of the pregnancy and birth. This Spanish-flavored introduction, with its universal message of love for new babies and siblings, will become a favorite among growing bilingual families. (glossary) (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-670-06301-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Viking
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2009




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