Baby Blessings: A Prayer for the Day You Are Born

Baby Blessings: A Prayer for the Day You Are Born

by Deloris Jordan, James E. Ransome
     
 

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This touching story from bestselling author Doloris Jordan celebrates the blessings new parents wish for their babies all through their lives. With a strong emphasis on the bonds families share, the inspirational text is accompanied by exquisite art from renowned illustrator James E. Ransome. From infancy to adulthood, there is always a place for Baby Blessings<

Overview

This touching story from bestselling author Doloris Jordan celebrates the blessings new parents wish for their babies all through their lives. With a strong emphasis on the bonds families share, the inspirational text is accompanied by exquisite art from renowned illustrator James E. Ransome. From infancy to adulthood, there is always a place for Baby Blessings.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/27/2015
In Jordan's (Did I Tell You I Love You Today?) latest, an African-American mother and father express their promises and hopes for their newborn son in the form of a blessing: "You will always be loved with a love that knows no bounds. You will touch the world in your own special way. We pray that you will always be kind." Under their loving and watchful eyes, the boy matures into a kindergartner, and by the book's end, he's also become a big brother (astute readers will notice that the mother's tummy starts growing at the book's midpoint). Ransome's (Sky Boys) rich oil palette adds some emotional heft, helping Jordan's pedestrian sentiments ("Always strive to do you best") feel a little bigger than they actually are. But his vignettes feel predictable and Pollyannish—a butterfly alights near the toddler as his mother looks on as she tends the garden; the parents sit side-by-side on the boy's bed, book in hand, as he gazes out at the night sky—as if they were the "do" examples in an inordinately upbeat parenting book. All ages. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
PreS—This celebration of family life exalts the blessings and hopes a mother and father feel for their new baby. The text consists of the baby's parents' simple declarations of reassurance, love, and inspiration. Ransome's realistic illustrations, rendered in oil, depict the African-American youngster's growth from his birth to his first day of school. Sometimes the illustrations cover a full page opposite a single short line of text; others cover a spread. The artwork always reflects the family's joy and love. This warm book fits in snugly with the many works celebrating parental love for a child.—Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
A baby is born and he will "always be loved with a love that knows no bounds." So begins Jordan's characterization of parental love and support. The illustrations depict the family through the years, as the infant becomes a toddler and then a boy with dreams of his own. Unfortunately, as the text takes on religious undertones the prose becomes labored, as does Ransome's talented brush. The artist's photo-realistically rendered illustrations, done in a warm palette, tenderly portray a devoted African-American family. However, the choice to interpret the text literally confines the illustrator, whose best work is loose and spontaneous. Here he struggles to find a balance between mimicking reality and expressing it. Despite these drawbacks, the overall work, with its simple design and single-sentence structure, has an appeal until the end, when a previously used image is duplicated, leaving readers to wonder whether there was a lack of artwork or an editing mistake. Regrettably, it's distracting enough to diminish the thoughtfulness of the story. An unsatisfactory execution for what was a lovely idea with an ideal author-and-artist pairing. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416953623
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date:
01/26/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
731,579
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD430L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 Months to 2 Years

Meet the Author

Deloris Jordan is Michael Jordan’s mother and the coauthor of Salt in His Shoes, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, which Booklist called “inspirational;” Did I Tell You I Love You Today?, illustrated by Shane W. Evans, which was called “a tender read-aloud” by Kirkus Reviews; and Dream Big. She is also the author of Family First: Winning the Parenting Game, a book highlighting the seven principles of parenting. Through her work with the James Jordan Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, as well as the Jordan Institute for Families at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mrs. Jordan is widely regarded as an advocate for children and families. The mother of five children and the grandmother of eleven, Mrs. Jordan lives in Chicago.

James E. Ransome’s highly acclaimed illustrations for Knock, Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me won the 2014 Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration. His other award-winning titles include Coretta Scott King Honor Book Uncle Jed’s Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell; Deborah Hopkinson’s Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt; Let My People Go, winner of the NAACP Image Award; and Satchel Paige, written by his wife, Lesa. Mr. Ransome teaches illustration at Pratt Institute and lives in upstate New York with his family. Visit James at JamesRansome.com.

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