Best Gifts

Best Gifts

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by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Elly MacKay
     
 

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The Best Gifts is the story of Sara and the important moments in her life. It starts with her birth and concludes when she welcomes her own baby. On each occasion, friends and family bring gifts to celebrate. In the end, though, the most cherished gifts are the ones that cannot be purchased. The first cherished gift Sara receives is her mother's milk and

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The Best Gifts is the story of Sara and the important moments in her life. It starts with her birth and concludes when she welcomes her own baby. On each occasion, friends and family bring gifts to celebrate. In the end, though, the most cherished gifts are the ones that cannot be purchased. The first cherished gift Sara receives is her mother's milk and the story comes full circle when she gives that same gift to her own baby.

Originally published in 1998, The Best Gifts has been fully revised, with all-new illustrations and updated breastfeeding resource information.

Reviews:
"There is an elegance to the text, and Skrypuch conveys a comforting, peaceful mood to her story. This tranquillity is mirrored by the soft and colourful illustrations done in watercolours and paper artwork. The predominant hues are of a red/orange combination, with the beauty of nature playing a significant role. The dreamlike quality of the illustrations is appealing and serves the story well. McKay also presents a variety of interesting perspectives in her drawings. This title that was first published in 1998 is now accompanied by this lovely new artwork."
Recommended.
-- CM Magazine

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Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
The celebration of Sara’s birth opens this story that ends with the celebration of the birth of her son Sam. After each celebration, the mother nurses the infant while the father sits lovingly nearby. Along the way, we see Sara reach several milestones, supported by the love of family. Elly MacKay’s paper art illustrations are very different from the pastel artwork by Halina Below in the original version of this story, published more than fifteen years ago. Breastfeeding supporters who have loved the book for its forthright treatment of breastfeeding may be dismayed to find the act to be so subtle in this version. It may seem odd that the female bodies here seem rather breastless. While the story has been celebrated for showing breastfeeding candidly, MacKay’s new illustrations almost do not show it. But maybe that is the point: Breastfeeding is one of the many gifts that emerge naturally from a family’s love. The prominence of the breastfeeding embrace at the start and end feels appropriate for this circular, family-centric story. The artwork conveys a sense of warmth and naturalness to the loving relationships of the featured family. This is a good selection for the home, preschool, or public library collections. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green; Ages 3 to 8.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554552832
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
09/15/2013
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch is the author of sixteen books for children and young adults. The first edition of The Best Gifts was published in 1998. Marsha received the SCBWI inaugural Crystal Kite for Stolen Child, and the Order of Princess Olha, in recognition of her outstanding achievement in the development of the culture of Ukraine, in particular for her picture book, Enough (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2001). And no, you do not have to call her Princess Marsha.
Elly MacKay works with paper arts. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and then studied printmaking for a year at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. She lives near Owen Sound, Ontario with her family working on various illustration projects and teaching at the local art gallery.

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The Best Gifts 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The illustrations are beautiful,I like how the book portrays breastfeeding as natural,mom dad & baby share special moments together as she grows up gets married and breastfeeds her own son.The overall message is the best gifts in life can't be bought with money. (wonder why none of the 'children's' books that show breastfeeding aren't stocked in my local store?)