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Welcoming Babies
     

Welcoming Babies

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by Margy Burns Knight, Anne Sibley O'Brien (Illustrator)
 

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Welcoming Babies shows the diverse ways we treasure new life around the world—the routines and rituals of a child’s first year.
As we read about babies from tiny Luke, who is spending his first days of life in an incubator, to Kasa, who is being introduced to the sunrise by her grandmother, we realize that there are many different—and yet

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Welcoming Babies shows the diverse ways we treasure new life around the world—the routines and rituals of a child’s first year.
As we read about babies from tiny Luke, who is spending his first days of life in an incubator, to Kasa, who is being introduced to the sunrise by her grandmother, we realize that there are many different—and yet strikingly similar—ways to welcome babies.

Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“A
celebration.”
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 - 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.
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.
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780884481249
Publisher:
Tilbury House Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,047,676
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 9 Years

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Meet the Author

Margy Burns Knight has received the National Education Association’s
Author-Illustrator Human & Civil Rights Award for the body of her work with Anne Sibley O'Brien (Talking Walls and other books) and the
2001 Children's Africana Book Award for Africa Is Not a Country (also illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien). In addition to her work as an author, presenting in hundreds of classrooms around the world, Margy is also the author of Talking Walls, which has sold more than 200,000 copies. She writes a blog,
“Discover Your World,” and is a Service Learning Coordinator, an English teacher, and a Peace Corps veteran.

ANNE SIBLEY O’BRIEN (Peaks
Island, ME) has illustrated 31 books, including Talking Walls, and is the author and illustrator of the picture book
I’m New Here and the graphic novel The
Legend of Hong Kil Dong. Annie’s passion for multiracial,
multicultural, and global subjects grew out of her experience of being raised bilingual and bicultural in South Korea as the daughter of medical missionaries. She writes the column “The Illustrator’s Perspective” for the Bulletin of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a blog,
“Coloring Between the Lines.”

The mother of two grown children, she lives with her husband on an island in Maine.

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Welcoming Babies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
minusmama More than 1 year ago
This book is a lovely one to read with children. It's also a wonderful reminder of the honor and joy of welcoming babies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.