The Most Important Gift of All

The Most Important Gift of All

by David Conway, Karin Littlewood
     
 

A reassuring story about the arrival of a new sibling.

Ama wants to honor her newborn baby brother with a special gift, as is the custom of the people in her village. When Grandma Sisi suggests “the gift of love,” Ama sets off in search of this important present, but how will she know when she has found it?

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A reassuring story about the arrival of a new sibling.

Ama wants to honor her newborn baby brother with a special gift, as is the custom of the people in her village. When Grandma Sisi suggests “the gift of love,” Ama sets off in search of this important present, but how will she know when she has found it? This richly illustrated story, told in the folktale tradition, celebrates a young girl’s simple, earnest discovery of the most important gift of all.

David Conway is an established poet and a fresh, new voice in children’s picture books whose keen interest in world travel and culture has influenced his writing. He drew inspiration for The Most Important Gift of All from his love of reading folktales from around the world.

Karin Littlewood’s travels to Kenya are reflected in the warm, vibrant colors and lush, richly detailed landscapes of her illustrations. She is frequently invited to speak at elementary schools, where she enjoys sharing her passion for picture book illustration with young children.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Littlewood's (The Color of Home) gorgeous, realistic watercolor-and-gouache renderings of life on the African plains steal the spotlight for this tale of a girl's search for love. Young Ama wants to give her new baby brother a gift, just like all the visitors from the village. "Give him love," Grandma Sisi tells Ama, "That is the most important gift of all." So the girl sets out to find love in the great valley bordering her village. A weaverbird and a giraffe aren't much help, but an ancient lion has some sage advice: "As sure as the rain comes, you will always know love when you have found it." Ama spends the night under a baobab tree. The next morning, her father finds her and takes her home for a joyous celebration. Grandma's words to Ama do not seem the kind to trigger a quest, and the ending may leave readers wondering whether Ama has yet connected the word "love" with the act of loving. But Littlewood's pictures soar. She covers the pages with exuberant brushstrokes and patches of sheer, radiant hues. Her cinematic sense of composition results in some stunning spreads, especially the nighttime scene of the girl slumbering, which conveys a sense of safety even in this alien situation. The pictures feel both intimate and reassuring while capturing the daunting sweep of the African landscape. Ages 2-5. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Ama is searching for the perfect gift to welcome her young brother into the world. When Grandma Sisi advises her to give him love-the most important gift of all-the child goes on a quest, asking the animals she meets if they know where to find it. Ama becomes lost and is later found by her father who has searched all night for her. Their reunion is joyous and the village celebrates both Ama's return and her brother's arrival. The little girl finally understands the meaning of love. Littlewood's exquisite illustrations evoke the vast beauty and simmering daytime heat of Kenya, full of energy and movement, while the cooler nights are purple and peaceful in striking contrast. The layout is outstanding, with single pages and full spreads that have varying perspectives. One stunning spread has three horizontal panels extending over two pages, creating a sense of overlapping activities. This lovely book would be an excellent introduction to a discussion of other cultures or the birth of a sibling.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780769646183
Publisher:
School Specialty Publishing
Publication date:
03/15/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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