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This New Baby
     

This New Baby

by Teddy Jam, Karen Reczuch (Illustrator)
 
Poetic text and exquisite watercolors evoke a mother's love for her newborn child. "This new baby sleeps in my arms like a moon sleeping on a cloud, like apples falling through the rain, like a fish swimming through a sky." While baby wakes and sleeps and the night runs through to dawn, all the magic of this new life fills a new mother's heart.

Overview

Poetic text and exquisite watercolors evoke a mother's love for her newborn child. "This new baby sleeps in my arms like a moon sleeping on a cloud, like apples falling through the rain, like a fish swimming through a sky." While baby wakes and sleeps and the night runs through to dawn, all the magic of this new life fills a new mother's heart.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
• "This New Baby would be a welcome addition to any newborn's collection of "sleepy time" books." — CM Magazine

• "A provocative musing on the transformative power of parenthood." — Kirkus

• "…delicate illustrations and ephemeral imagery." — Publishers' Weekly

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Teddy Jan's (Matt Cohen) text was published in 1998, but this board book edition has the benefit of new illustrations by Virginia Johnson. They look like linoleum block prints that have been colored in. Not a lot of detail but enough to depict what the text describes. In a way that may be one of the limitations, the illustrations do not add a new dimension but faithfully picture what the author is saying. The image on the book cover is repeated on the first spread. It sets the soothing tone of a baby being held in its mother's arms. The following pages continue with the comparisons of what the sleeping baby feels like—"a moon sleeping on a cloud," "a hawk drifting through the sky." The baby cries and it looks around and plays with its toes. It is an appealing look at those early days when mother and baby are getting acquainted and baby is experiencing the world and everything in it.
School Library Journal
PreS—More an abstract ode for parents than a book for baby, this title's appeal is limited. The blurry watercolor illustrations and symbolic comparisons such as "like a fish/swimming through a sky" are too intangible for the developmental abilities of the intend audience. Similarly the free-verse poetry, while beautiful, lacks the rhythm and rhyme that appeal to very young listeners. Mem Fox's Time for Bed (Harcourt, 1993) or Maryann K. Cusimano's You Are My I Love You (Philomel, 2011) have a more successful pairing of painterly illustrations and sentimental verses.—Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
A provocative musing on the transformative power of parenthood. A nostalgic energy informs this lyrical lullaby to a newborn babe. Spacious watercolor scenes convey a tangible softness as the open-mouthed child nestles with Mama. Spoken from the parents' perspectives, haunting rhymes invest a tremendous amount of love into soothing, abstract reflections. "This new baby sleeps in my arms / like a moon sleeping on a cloud." Both male and female caregivers caress and rock their little one while lilting design elements, in Matisse-inspired spreads, add a spacious quality. While most images present a quiet intensity, one striking page depicts the fist-clenched baby in a full-blown cry; the text indicates the interdependent relationship between parent and child. "[M]y new baby's cry / chases old ghosts / back into the shadows." Undeniably beautiful, but also undeniably for parents rather than children, who will nevertheless enjoy the cuddling that comes with the reading. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780888993274
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.32(w) x 12.30(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 4 Years

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