When I Was Bornby Isabel Minhos Martins
All children love to hear the story of how they arrived in the world. When I Was Born revisits the adventure of discovering the world for the first time. Breathing, seeing, hearing, tasting, and touch are encountered afresh in this beautifully illustrated, poetic tale, reintroducing readers to the richness and delight of life. Children and adults alike will/i>
All children love to hear the story of how they arrived in the world. When I Was Born revisits the adventure of discovering the world for the first time. Breathing, seeing, hearing, tasting, and touch are encountered afresh in this beautifully illustrated, poetic tale, reintroducing readers to the richness and delight of life. Children and adults alike will love award-winning illustrator Madalena Matoso's colorful and touching images, accompanied by a text that is ideal for reading aloud.
“This small gem by a Portuguese duo celebrates the wonder of mere existence.” –Publishers Weekly
This cheerfully existential tome charms, from the stylized cherry tree on the endpapers to the very last page.
The first page is black, with white sans-serif letters: "When I was born I had never seen anything." The narrator had never seen "the sun or a flower or a face" or the sea or the forest. His hands didn't know about playing. "Everything was about to start." His mouth discovers it can taste and shout and kiss and stick his tongue out. He lists smells he loves, like the scent of his grandmother's lap. Each day he discovers something new: running and jumping; saying "nice words and bad words"; learning colors. The images are made of strong, simple shapes and hues of red, white, black, green and gold. There is a wonderful spread of peppers, cherries, melons and tomatoes, as well as a wall of family pictures with an uncle with a long (bright) red beard, an auntie with green skin, a pink-faced grandpapa and a golden-skinned grandmamma (both with white hair). Birds, animals, leaves and boxes sit proudly on the pages, surrounding the child, who sports a green-and-white striped shirt and rosy cheeks.
Translated from the Portuguese and first published in England, this account of a child's discovery of the world and its wonders unfolds self-consciously but winningly.(Picture book. 3-8)
- Tate Publishing
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- Product dimensions:
- 7.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Isabel Minhós Martins is a Portuguese author and publisher. Madalena Matoso's quirky and graphically striking imagery won her Portugal's coveted National Prize of Illustration in 2008.
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