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Welcoming Babies

Welcoming Babies

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by Margy Burns Knight, Anne Sibley O'Brien (Illustrator)

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Everyone is fascinated by babies--parents, grandparents, siblings, even other babies. Now available in paperback, "Welcoming Babies" visits with people around the globe and looks at the diverse ways they treasure new life. Full color. 40 pp. Ages up to 4. Pub: 3/98.


Everyone is fascinated by babies--parents, grandparents, siblings, even other babies. Now available in paperback, "Welcoming Babies" visits with people around the globe and looks at the diverse ways they treasure new life. Full color. 40 pp. Ages up to 4. Pub: 3/98.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Every day, everywhere, babies are born. We have many ways to show them we are glad they came into the world." So opens this well-meaning if somewhat artificial round-up of the ways in which people of various cultures celebrate the arrival of a newborn and other childhood milestones. "We Sing," writes Knight as O'Brien shows an African baby being welcomed by the song of women, who, the text tells us, will be joined by other villagers to herald the child's birth. Subsequent spreads reveal a tiny baby in an incubator being caressed by a parent's hand ("We Touch"); a midwife placing a drop of sugar butter onto the tongue of a dark-haired infant ``so that he will have a sweet life'' ("We Bless"); a christening party for Ricardo, where the guests wear encintados, colorful ribbons with the names of the baby and his godparents; and the first birthday celebration for Ok-hee, pictured in front of a table laden with food ("Those who treasure her gather to wish Ok-hee a long and happy life"). At its best, O'Brien's hazy, pastel art depicts endearing scenarios, but often the images are stilted and unaffecting. Ages 5-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
The author and illustrator highlight traditions from around the world to welcome new babies into the family and community. An afterword provides more detail about these rituals. For those families who do not have traditions of their own, this book may help guide them in developing the perfect way to welcome a new baby into their hearts and home.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Let children know how special they are by sharing the special ceremonies that welcomed them to this world. We greet babies by singing, kissing, hugging, touching, blessing, holding , naming, honoring, etc. Each welcoming gesture is portrayed by a child of a different culture. The notes at the back describe in more detail how various cultures "bless," "name," or "honor" their babies.
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Ceremonies venerate, define and celebrate the cultural differences of people. However, all societies have at least one sameness-babies. This book clarifies fourteen unique customs observed by folks around the world to salute the arrival of a newborn. The joy is evident in every brightly chalked sketch. Tables set, candles lit as babies are named, touched, held, and generally applauded.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A discussion of the various ceremonies used to greet newborns: Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and Hopi; Korean, Greek, Nigerian, and Latin American. Most of the methods include singing, kissing, touching, blessing, naming, dedicating, holding, and honoring the infant. Boldly painted, strongly colored double-page pictures in a combination of realism in the foreground and sketchiness in the background show the babies being cherished in special ways by family and friends. The text describes each occasion simply, with helpful amplification given in the notes at the end that identify the cultures and geographic settings represented. The obvious value and beauty of each type of welcome should expand children's appreciation for and understanding of peoples other than themselves and of the joy that new births bring.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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San Val, Incorporated
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Product dimensions:
7.88(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
4 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Margy Burns Knight has received the National Education Association’s
Author-Illustrator Human & Civil Rights Award for the body of her work with Anne Sibley O'Brien (Talking Walls and other books) and the
2001 Children's Africana Book Award for Africa Is Not a Country (also illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien). In addition to her work as an author, presenting in hundreds of classrooms around the world, Margy is also a teacher and community volunteer. She is the Service Learning
Coordinator for the Winthrop, Maine, public school system and has taught
English as a Second Language to high school students from Cambodia,
Afghanistan, and Jordan.

Anne Sibley O’Brien has illustrated thirty-one books, including five titles by Margy Burns Knight. She is also the author of fourteen of these books, including The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of
Korea, and A Path of Stars.O’Brien’s passion for global subjects was kindled by her experience of being raised bilingual and bicultural in
South Korea as the daughter of medical missionaries. The mother of two grown children, she lives with her husband on an island in Maine.

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