Happy Birth Day!

Happy Birth Day!

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by Robie H. Harris, Michael Emberley
     
 

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A perfect gift for baby showers! Great for new big brother and sisters!

A baby is born. From the first moments of her life, she is able to breathe, open her eyes, and gaze at her mother’s face. Soon she will nurse, suck her thumb, and sleep. With text as tender as a newborn’s cheek, Robie H. Harris tells a story to children about the day they were

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A perfect gift for baby showers! Great for new big brother and sisters!

A baby is born. From the first moments of her life, she is able to breathe, open her eyes, and gaze at her mother’s face. Soon she will nurse, suck her thumb, and sleep. With text as tender as a newborn’s cheek, Robie H. Harris tells a story to children about the day they were born, describing how loud they cried and how they could see light, hear sounds, and even sneeze. Together with Michael Emberley’s extraordinary illustrations - each one carefully observed and deeply moving - HAPPY BIRTH DAY! shows children how very much they were loved right from the start.

In this new paperback edition, HAPPY BIRTH DAY! includes an illustrated bookplate that lets parents or gift givers fill in the details of a special baby’s birth.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The first moments and hours after a baby is born are among life's most precious. Here, that special interlude of newness and wonder is shared with young readers, who invariably delight in hearing about the day they arrived in the world. Harris addresses this audience directly: "Suddenly there you werea whole new person, our baby! We saw all of you from head to toe and we loved you the moment we saw you." All the milestones of a baby's first day are lovingly chronicled, from the first cry and the snipping of the umbilical cord to the cuddling, the nursingeven the first burp and yawn. Tenderness flows like a current throughout the warmhearted prose and the gentle, sweeping lines of Emberley's realistic artwork. With its oversize format and large-as-life illustrations, this book telegraphs a sense of immediacy that makes it all the more appealing. Ages 3-8. (July)
Children's Literature
Happy Birth Day taps into children's desire to hear again and again the story of the day they were born. Robie Harris beautifully conveys this drama, told from the mother's point of view. Details such as skin "soft as wrinkled velvet" and the newborn's serious gaze and deep sleep will connect with parents the world over. Especially noteworthy are Michael Emberley's pencil-and-pastel illustrations, which are tender without being sentimental. In my favorite, the infant peers out at the world for the first time, looking surprised and a little disgruntled at the lights and noise. The soft tones and emphasis on close ups of mother, father and baby highlight the miracle of birth. 2002 (orig. 1996), Candlewick,
— Mary Quattlebaum
Children's Literature - Leslie Verzi Julian
This is the book you will need when your little one asks, "Where did I come from?" In down-to-earth language and realistic, factual watercolors, the story of birth is explained with warmth and affection by a birth mother.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-K-A warm, tender picture book in which a mother tells her daughter about her first 24 hours of life outside of the womb. The opening picture shows a bewildered, wrinkled, life-sized baby, still with her umbilical cord, supported by the doctor's hands. The cord is snipped, a nurse slips a hat on baby's head, and mother and father envelop her with love. Mother breastfeeds her, and relatives gather to admire, take photos, and welcome the new arrival. The description of the infant's first sounds and actions is gentle and poetic. Emberley's illustrations in pencil and pastels fill the oversized pages with soft-focused, cozy colors and true-to-life detail. For the special moment when parents want to answer a child's questions about birth, this book offers both facts and reassurance. The arrival of Happy Birth Day! is an occasion worth celebrating.-Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Perhaps designed for the baby-gift market (the title page is preceded by a page for recording a newborn's vital statistics), this book occupies an unusual niche: There are plenty of books about gestation, birth, and infancy, but this one focuses on the baby's experiences in the minutes and hours immediately following birth, particularly on the bonding between parents and newborn. In carefully detailed text and pictures, Harris and Emberley (It's Perfectly Normal, 1994) make the day of firsts realistic without being clinical: The wrinkled, puffy baby is more presentable than many newborns. Large, smiling adult faces and solicitous hands surround the baby in nearly every picture. The earthier aspects of infancy are all noted: cutting the umbilical cord, nursing, peeing, pooping, burping, sneezing, and hiccuping, as well as sleeping and crying. The predominant message, however, is of the love and wonder that greet this child from her first moment.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763609740
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.63(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.17(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Robie H. Harris says, "This is a story my children asked me to tell them over and over again when they were young. I think they loved hearing about all the things they could do on the day they were born."

Michael Emberley attended two births to prepare his illustrations for HAPPY BIRTH DAY! "It was amazing," he says. "A whole life without experiencing or witnessing a birth would seem incomplete to me now."

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Happy Birth Day! 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tells about the anticipated arrival for a new baby. The parents share the reasons why there new born baby is so special. Great book for mothers, younger babies or even up to primary as they enjoy hearing stories about how special they are.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. My husband's boys happened to see it at the library as we were walking out and they wanted to check it out because the cover illustration reminded them of their new baby sister. We read it together and all of us loved it. While it doesn't exactly match our experiences, it does remind the reader that all babies are amazing indeed, this coming from a new mom who is madly in love with her daughter.