Before You Were Bornby Howard Schwartz, Kristina Swarner (Illustrator)
Once, long ago, the angel Lailah, who knows all the mysteries of heaven, shared her secrets with you. The moment you were born, you forgot everything. But don't worry, in this book, you will lean about all those wonderful secrets again. And you will even know how you got that indentation above your lip! Noted folklorist Howard Schwartz elegantly shapes this legend.
Once, long ago, the angel Lailah, who knows all the mysteries of heaven, shared her secrets with you. The moment you were born, you forgot everything. But don't worry, in this book, you will lean about all those wonderful secrets again. And you will even know how you got that indentation above your lip! Noted folklorist Howard Schwartz elegantly shapes this legend. Matched with luminous art, Before You Were Born is the perfect book for bedtime - and all the time.
Kathie M. Josephs
- Roaring Brook Press
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- First Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 9.74(w) x 10.52(h) x 0.41(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Howard Schwartz's children's books have won the Aesop Award of the American Folklore Society, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Storytelling World Award. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Kristina Swarner illustrates books and cards, and has paintings in numerous private collections. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.
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I have not read this book, but I had this dream 'and I wasn't even sleeping' that I was back in the heaven right before I was born. It was so right and the purest thing I have ever experienced. And it has been driving my crazy trying to figure out if I was going crazy or if I remembered something I was never supposed to remember. It was like a big secret I was hiding from myself. So i typed in the search engine 'before I was born' and this story popped up and it gave me the most instense chills. It brought tears of joy. whoever wrote this story had the memory. another weird thing is i remember a big book being opened and then i remember the first thing i seen was my hands opening like a book like the start of my life like a story of my life
I highly recommend this very lovely book. The story itself brings tears to me eyes and the pictures are beautiful as well. Makes a great gift for new babies or young children. Parents will love it too !
Words can hardly describe the incredible sense of calmness and wonder this book leaves with you. Regardless of your denomination, age, or belief in angels this ancient story offers something for everyone. For me (age 41), it was certainly thought-provoking. The soft colorful illustrations are just as serene as the words. My six year-old daughter, ten year-old son, and 65 year-old mother each took in the story from different angles, but found commonality in its meaning. Reminds me of my other favorite great authors and illustrators.