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Your First Step
     

Your First Step

by Henri Sorensen
 

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All at the same moment, wolf pups in Canada romp in the morning sun, young otters slide down mud banks in the English afternoon, lion cubs play as the sun sets over the Serengeti Plain, and a young child takes his very first steps. This tender book by the illustrator of I Love You As Much perfectly recalls the joyful event. Full color.

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All at the same moment, wolf pups in Canada romp in the morning sun, young otters slide down mud banks in the English afternoon, lion cubs play as the sun sets over the Serengeti Plain, and a young child takes his very first steps. This tender book by the illustrator of I Love You As Much perfectly recalls the joyful event. Full color.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreSSorensen's paintings of animals inspire an appreciation of their diverse and magnificent beauty. The artist excels at bathing them in light appropriate to various times of day, ranging from the hues of early morning in Arizona to sunset over the Serengeti Plain. In each locale, he shows a group of young animals carrying out an activity at a specific time of day. English otters slide down mud banks toward an afternoon swim, Indian tigers learn to hunt during the night, and Canadian wolf pups romp in early morning. The problem with the book is an ill-defined audience. After the series of double-page spreads of creatures and a brief, descriptive text, Sorensen presents a human baby's first steps and addresses the text to readers. He explains that all the events portrayed could occur simultaneously because of the Earth's relationship to the sun. This concept will fascinate older children but is beyond toddlers. Laura Krauss Melmed's I Love You As Much... (Lothrop, 1993), which Sorensen illustrated, is more successful, and the illustrations are quite similar to those in this new title.Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
Julie Corsaro
Lovely, glowing paintings, soft yet precise, are the drawing card in this picture book that presents a milestone in a young child's life. The book begins as Canadian wolf pups play in the morning sun and young English otters slide down mud banks in the afternoon. After traveling around the globe and through the day, the lyrical, albeit drawn-out, text culminates with an infant's first step. Despite an appended explanation of the earth's rotation around the sun, preschoolers, the target audience, are likely to be confused by the fact that Arizona jackrabbits eat breakfast at the same time Atlantic dolphins frolic in the afternoon sun. What kids will respond to are the pictures of the animals and their babies. And, of course, hearing about when "they" first learned to walk.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688146689
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Product dimensions:
11.34(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
1 - 3 Years

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