I Loved You Before You Were Born

I Loved You Before You Were Born

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by Anne Bowen, Greg Shed
     
 

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"Even before you were born,
I was your grandma
and I loved you."

A loving grandmother eagerly awaits the arrival of her grandchild. She dreams of the baby's soft sighs, sweet smells, and tiny toes, and imagines the infant smiling, rolling over, and crawling for the first time. Finally, the baby arrives and Grandma is ready with a very special

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"Even before you were born,
I was your grandma
and I loved you."

A loving grandmother eagerly awaits the arrival of her grandchild. She dreams of the baby's soft sighs, sweet smells, and tiny toes, and imagines the infant smiling, rolling over, and crawling for the first time. Finally, the baby arrives and Grandma is ready with a very special message.

Tender and touching, Anne Bowen's I Loved You Before You Were Born perfectly conveys the magical anticipation of birth and the Joy a new child brings to a family. Greg Shed's rich, luminescent paintings capture the love and wonder of this blessed event.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Shed's (The Butterfly House) intimate, soft-focus oil portraits add a nostalgic quality to this sweet story of a grandmother recollecting the arrival of her grandchild. "Even before you were born, I was your grandma and I loved you," muses the narrator as if addressing the child directly. She then goes on to enumerate all the wonders of babyhood ("I imagined your soft sighs and sweet smells/ and your tiny toes lined up/ like pink pearls on a necklace") and times shared ("I imagined holding you close,/ rocking you,/ watching you make faces as you dreamed"). Her imaginings span a full year, through baby's first Christmas and birthday ("I saw you eating birthday cake, pink and yellow frosting finger painted across your face") and culminate with the infant's actual birth. Debut children's author Bowen captures the eagerness and anticipation attendant upon the birth of a new family member, and her poetic descriptions ("hands spread out, like little starfish"; "ribbons of autumn sunlight weaving through your hair") brim with sentimental tenderness. Shed's realistic portraits evoke the feeling of a family photo album, including close-ups of the fetching baby and various beaming family members. Just right for sharing on Grandma's lap. All ages. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
"Even before you were born, I was your grandma and I loved you." So begins this lovely picture book about a grandmother's dreams for her soon to be born grandchild. The story takes her from feeling the baby kick inside the mother to imagining the birth, and then capturing in her mind's eye the cake that the child will smear on her face at her first birthday party. The grandmother's dreams are as specific as seeing "hands spread out, like little starfish" and toes like "pink pearls on a necklace." The illustrations are a reflection of the lyrical text. The pastel shades are muted and dreamy, yet realistic. The diapers on the tiny newborn's legs, for example, sag. In another picture the eyes capture beautifully the look of a baby surprised after rolling over for the first time. This gentle, loving book is delightful bedtime reading. It is also perfect for every child who ever demanded "tell me about when I was a baby." 2001, HarperCollins, $15.95 and $15.89. Ages All. Reviewer: Stephanie Farrow
School Library Journal
PreS-This gentle story celebrates the love of a grandmother for her new grandchild. The opening refrain, "Even before you were born," is repeated throughout the text, coupled with "I loved-," "I wondered-," "I imagined-." The sense of waiting and anticipation is almost tangible, and many of these hoped-for events (smiling at daddy, rolling over, sharing a book) come to fruition in the illustrations. Shed's full-page images are set opposite warm, pastel text pages. The realistic yet soft-edged paintings convey the loving intimacy of family, and perfectly complement the joyful text, which is sweet without being saccharine. A perfect gift for a grandchild and lovely for sharing one-on-one.-Robin L. Gibson, Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060515874
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Edition description:
Board Book
Pages:
15

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Meet the Author

Anne Bower was inspired to write I Loved You Before You Were Born while she waited for and wondered about her first grandchild. She has been a teacher for twenty-five years, working with both hearingimpaired and hearing children, and was chosen as the 1996-1997 Utah Language Arts Teacher of the Year. Ms. Bowen is passionate about reading and enjoys sharing her love of literature and beautiful language with her students. She has two sons and one granddaughter and lives with her husband in Ogden, Utah.

Greg Shed has illustrated many books for children, including The Language of Doves by Rosemary Wells and Dandelions by Eve Bunting. He lives in his hometown of San Diego, California.

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I Loved You Before You Were Born 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ASDgma More than 1 year ago
I found this book when I was hunting for new baby books for my two "step" grandsons. I wanted "first & second time around" brother books for them and was delighted to find this treasure for my impending "bio" grand-daughter. I read it in B&N and cried right there in the store! I have since started buying a copy for all my friends as they become grandmothers. A beautiful plus is that it is about a grandmother reflecting to the baby about her own child, a son, which was the case for me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this to give to my MIL when we make our 'announcement'. It fit our family perfectly and I can't wait. My MIL will *love* it.
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Have bought this special book for all my four newborn grandchildren. Have started a tradition.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a gift I gave myself when my son was expecting his first child. I now give it as a shower gift to the mother of the expected baby's father. It is a book every Grandma will cherish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am soon going to become a grandmother for the first time. I wanted to give my daughter and new grandchild a book to let him/her (we don't know yet if it's a boy or girl) that 'I Loved You Before You Were Born' When I saw this book, I knew I had to order it. What a disappointment when it made reference to the fact that it was written as if I were the father's mother. Unfortunately I had to return the book and am now looking for another one to give my new grandchild. The book should have been more generic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How about if this book is bought by the maternal grandmother? That was my case, when i got home a found out that the grandma in the book was the Paternal one, i felt cheated,but....I KEPT THE BOOK ANY WAY
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the sweetest books I have ever read about children and families. The eloquence and the love shown in this book is remarkable. I have given one to every Grandmother I know. This is a must have for bedtime stories.