Welcoming Babies

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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.
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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.
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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 - 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.
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.
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780884481249
  • Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 812,137
  • Age range: 4 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.16 (d)

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    a gentle, beautiful book

    This book is a lovely one to read with children. It's also a wonderful reminder of the honor and joy of welcoming babies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2004


    As an early childhood education teacher I found this book to be fascinating. It is a great way to bring the cultures, traditions and religions of all children and families into the classroom without going overboard. The text is simple enough for very young children, but fascinating enough to keep the older children's attention. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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