You Were the Firstby Patricia MacLachlan, Stephanie Graegin
You will always be the first...
A touching tribute to baby's early milestones those unforgettable moments that will always be cherished. From first smiles to first cuddles and even to that first kiss, here's a loving ode to every child's and parent's momentous "firsts." See more details below
You will always be the first...
A touching tribute to baby's early milestones those unforgettable moments that will always be cherished. From first smiles to first cuddles and even to that first kiss, here's a loving ode to every child's and parent's momentous "firsts."
K-Gr 1—Told in second person, this picture book pays tribute to the significance of the moments with a baby from its very first night home. "You were the first…. You were the first to sleep in the basket with the yellow ribbon wound round. You were the first to cry. You were the first to smile." Simple, poignant lines allow plenty of room for the warm illustrations done in graphite pencil and ink to bring readers into the joyful home of this young family. Each page is full of telling details for children to notice while conveying emotion that will resonate strongly with parents. The baby grows a little with every page turn in this book of firsts-lifting his head, and then crawling, walking, and running-bringing readers to the powerful line in the text: "You were the first to teach us how to be parents." The book closes with that yellow-ribboned basket again while suggesting a possible second child, but promising that this baby will always be the first. A touching celebration for firstborns.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
Two doting parents celebrate the many milestones of their first child. Very proud parents (dad is white; mom has Asian features and coloring) narrate here, taking time to spell out all of the special moments they have shared with baby. They croon to the little one that he or she (it's not clear whether the child is a girl or a boy) was first to smile, cry, coo, look at the trees and flowers, go to the beach, crawl, dig in the garden, throw a ball and more. Through the poignant moments selected and the realistic yet muted illustrations that accompany them, readers watch as the seasons change and the child grows from tiny newborn to intrepid toddler. A blissful portrait emerges, with milestones such as teething pain and temper tantrums scrupulously avoided. The tender final pages--while potentially envy-inducing for those readers not first-born themselves--reveal the authentic but often unspoken feelings many new parents harbor: "You were the first to teach us how to be parents. // One day there may be a second-- / or a third--to sleep in the basket with the yellow ribbon wound round. // But you will always be the first." More than the children it ostensibly targets, new parents will appreciate this tender celebration of the parent–first baby bond that grows as fast as the little one does. (Picture book. 3-6)
- Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.60(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.42(d)
- Age Range:
- 9 Months to 3 Years
Meet the Author
Patricia Maclachlan is the author of many beloved children's books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, which won the Newbery Medal in 1986, several other bestselling books in the Sarah series, and picture books including All the Places to Love, What You Know First, Your Moon, My Moon, and Before You Came, co-authored with her daughter. A board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, she lives with her husband in Massachusetts. They have five grandchildren-all of whom are firsts in her heart.
Stephanie Graegin is the illustrator of Don't Feed the Baby, Water in the Park, Happy Birthday, Bunny! and several other books. She studied fine arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and went on to attend the Pratt Institute, where she received a master of fine arts in printmaking. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit her online at www.graegin.com.
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