From the Publisher
“This is one of those rare baby books that should make both skeptics and sentimentalists of all ages happy.” —Publishers Weekly
“A beautiful tribute to the uniqueness of every child.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Many parents will welcome this opportunity to tell their children how special and loved they are.”—Booklist
Many parents will welcome this opportunity to tell their children how special and loved they are.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Yes, it is impossibly sentimental, and taken out of context could even be considered saccharine, yet Tillman's bestselling tour-de-force baby book works, even transitioned to its new board book format. Why? Because the author Tillman's effusive, welcoming-the-newborn-verse is juxtaposed with the illustrator Tillman's edge of surreal, magic realist paintings. A pale golden disc of a Melies moon follows the name-whispering wind as it sails through farmland, over oceans, and around the world till the news is out. Now Tillman offers celebrants of the unique new child: dancing polar bears, geese, ladybugs. Her pictures trumpet and sing, filled with the joyous news of birth. Quite extraordinary, really. Tillman's book becomes the perfect gift for the newborn child and its doting parentsparticularly the latter. During those first few months of little or no sleep, it will remind them of all the ineffable reasons why they do love this helpless infant to distraction and beyond. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
The birth of a baby-"the one and only ever you"-causes jubilation throughout creation in this quietly celebratory picture book from newcomer Tillman. Polar bears dance, giraffes weave to the sound of brass horns, and "the moon smiled with such wonder/ that the stars peeked in to see you/ and the night wind whispered,/ `Life will never be the same.' " Tillman successfully sidesteps the soft-focus sappiness that can accompany this genre. Her writing has the authenticity of whispered conversation; occasionally, she pauses in her exaltations of the baby to address the subject directly: "I think I'll count to three so you can wiggle your toes for me." Her strong, assured paintings truly set this book apart. The pictures subtly radiate golden glints of moonlight, and her almost sculptural rendering style gives her characters a hefty physicality that counterbalances the ethereal sentiments being expressed. Although one suspects that grown-ups will be most taken with the topic and treatment, this is one of those rare baby books that should make both skeptics and sentimentalists of all ages happy. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Rhyming text extols and celebrates the uniqueness of a newborn. "Because there had never been anyone like you…ever in the world." As the news of the birth travels, creatures around the world celebrate. "When the polar bears heard, they danced until dawn." "…the geese flew home." "Heaven blew every trumpet…." The text sits on white pages opposite large, richly colored illustrations. The moon appears in all of the paintings—as reassuring as the text's sentiment. Golden musical notes float across the sky as white polar bears dance and giraffes sway to the sounds of the moon's saxophone. The dark blue night skies make a beautiful and dramatic setting for this special night. The painterly art and poetic quality of the text make this an attractive book. Parents and grandparents are most likely to appreciate it, but they will undoubtedly want to share it with a child.
Carolyn JanssenCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
A beautiful tribute to the uniqueness of every child: "On the night you were born, the moon smiled with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered, 'Life will never be the same.' " The wind and the rain whispered the new babe's name, causing animals all over the world to rejoice. And if ever that child thinks that he is unloved, all he need do is listen to the wind and look around at nature-they will remind him of just how special and loved he is. New parents and grandparents will get teary as they celebrate with the author the wonder and marvel that is their newborn baby, while young listeners will be thrilled at being the center of creation's attention. Neither group will notice the uneven rhyme scheme employed in the text or the failure of the author to carry through in encouraging parent and child to interact. The focus will be on the paint-and-collage illustrations, rich in color and incorporating words from the text. Perfect for lap sharing with a beloved little one. (Picture book. 3-8)
Read an Excerpt
On the night you were born,
the moon smiled with such wonder
that the stars peeked in to see you
and the night wind whispered.
“Life will never be the same.”