Because You Are My Baby


An imaginative and heartwarming ode that celebrates a parent?s affection for a child

If I were a skywriter, I?d write your name up high
In sparkling golden loop-the-loops across a summer sky.

To what heights will a mom or dad go to celebrate their love for a son or daughter? Will they climb Mount Everest? Will they write a hit song? From making pizza as a chef and blasting off as an astronaut visiting Mars, ...

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An imaginative and heartwarming ode that celebrates a parent’s affection for a child

If I were a skywriter, I’d write your name up high
In sparkling golden loop-the-loops across a summer sky.

To what heights will a mom or dad go to celebrate their love for a son or daughter? Will they climb Mount Everest? Will they write a hit song? From making pizza as a chef and blasting off as an astronaut visiting Mars, to gathering gemstones as a geologist and granting wishes as a genie, a parent’s fanciful desires for his or her child come true as the child discovers each wonder while mom lovingly looks on. This book is a great read aloud at storytime to subtly introduce careers, soothing as a bedtime book or lullaby, and an ideal gift for new mothers and for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

The dynamic first-time author and illustrator team treats parents and children to a story that celebrates affection with imagination. The free lines and warm, soft colors of Marcellus Hall’s illustrations bring to life Sherry North’s rhythmic and lively text, resulting in a heartfelt testament to the boundless love of a parent.

Praise for Because You Are My Baby
“Around this time of year, in anticipation of Mother’s Day, the shelves are flooded with sentimental books about how much mothers love their children. That’s not a bad thing; it’s certainly something to be celebrated. But when a book comes along that portrays this powerful love in a fresh and spirited way, that’s truly cause for celebration. The fantasies are clever and the bold watercolor illustrations of the intrepid duo are delightfully retro.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Hall makes an impressive picture book debut. Hall's radiant, double-page watercolors showcase his gifts for dramatic sweep and comic telling detail.”

Publishers Weekly

“An energetic and inspiring testament to motherhood.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Rhythms reminiscent of those in Margaret Wise Brown’s Runaway Bunny.”


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Hall, whose editorial portfolio includes covers for the New Yorker, makes an impressive picture book debut. As Mom imagines how a variety of professions would enable her to "do anything" for her baby (and his ever-present teddy bear), Hall's radiant, double-page watercolors showcase his gifts for dramatic sweep and comic telling detail. When Mom declares, "If I were a mountaineer, I would take you to the peak/ Of Everest and Fuji, a new summit every week," Hall creates a stunning, top-of-the-world landscape, planting cartoon characters atop mountain peaks striated in translucent ribbons of navy, rose, purple and turquoise. When Mom fancies herself a headliner in a Hong Kong stadium rock show (her skirt is demure but her boots have stiletto heels), Hall gives Baby industrial-strength ear protectors and places a burly, glaring roadie at the edge of the stage to hold back the Deadhead-esque crowd. Every one of these wry but always inviting images buoys the sometimes clunky couplets by North (also making her debut), and lifts a familiar premise far above the ordinary. Ages 3-6. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 9 to 12.

This is a nice fantasy book that shows the love of parents for their children. From climbing the peak of Everest to skywriting, this is not just a tender love story. Rather, it is filled with information about the different aspects of life. North's work is a true, beautifully-told testament to what parents feel about their offspring. However, I did miss the presence of fathers and would have liked to see them either mentioned in the text or shown in the background of the illustrations. There are some interesting concepts for a read-aloud here, although the odd perspective in some of the illustrations gives the reader the sensation of being whirled around a bit though. This is not necessarily uncomfortable, just distracting. The colors in the illustrations are soft and add to the warm, sensitive joy of parents' feelings toward their child. Sweet and uplifting, unusual in its presentation, this is a lovely book for any parents to sit and read with their young child. Reviewer: Joan Elste

Kirkus Reviews
A young mother expresses her love and commitment to her inquisitive baby through a limitless variety of possible vocations. From sailor to mountain climber, castle builder to geologist, pizza chef and astronaut, mom's universe will always include her child's participation. "If I were a diver, we would tour the ocean floor-Shipwrecks, crab holes, coral reefs, and much more to explore." Watercolors reminiscent of Ross MacDonald's style set in darker and lighter russet shades add a softened tone to the rhymed text. Despite the depiction of a young genderless baby with endless wide-eyed wonder, author and illustrator present one powerful-thinking mom providing a world of intriguing choices for both little girls and boys who would, nevertheless, not wish to be called a baby. Yet as nighttime falls and all is said and done, mom's magic of love allows for every child's wishful sleepy dreams. An energetic and inspiring testament to motherhood. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810994829
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,052,560
  • Age range: 1 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sherry North is a former writer and producer for CNN Headline News, and her work for children has appeared in Highlights magazine. She lives with her husband and son in Sunrise, Florida. This is her first picture book.

Marcellus Hall has created artwork for the New Yorker, Time, GQ, Sports Illustrated, Parenting, and Nick magazine. This is his first children’s book. Raised in Minneapolis, he currently lives in New York City.

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