Cover image for Newborn
Henderson, Kathy, 1949-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
A newborn baby experiences the sights, sounds, and sensations of life and the whole wide world.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.3 0.5 34907.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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The circle of life expands as a newborn brings a sense of joyful awe to the home and heart of its family. Ordinary things, such as the feel of long hair against tender skin or the rattle and hum of a windy day, take on a new light as everyone in the baby's newborn world is touched by a heightened pulse of life. Through the eyes of a loving mother, young readers are taken through a view of the world now forever changed. Acclaimed illustrator Caroline Binch's exquisite, luminous illustrations capture the excitement and delicate nuances of these once-in-a-lifetime moments.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-6. A wonderful follow-up to books like Robie H. Harris' Happy Birth Day! (1996), this heartfelt picture book catches the physicality of a new baby's broadening world: the feel of a blanket on a cheek, the creak of a closing door, a daddy's rocking, a mommy's tender touch. Dappled watercolors, bursting with brilliant, flower-garden colors and busy patterns, show the clutter of a bustling household and a loving, concerned family gathering round and joining together to make the wizened, wrinkled new addition feel loved and welcome. A sweet treasure for an expanding family to read together. --Stephanie Zvirin

Publisher's Weekly Review

In gentle lilting verse, Henderson (A Year in the City) imagines the sensory overload a newborn must experience upon joining its new family and new world. Parents, siblings and visiting relatives cuddle and snuggle with the new arrival, introducing the baby to its home. Sister tells the baby about shadows on the wall and the touch of a warm blanket; Mom and Dad sweetly explain such household sounds as "the tumble of voices, the startle-stop call of the telephone" and even the "a-a-a-WHOO-SHOO!" of Dad's sneeze. In watercolor and pencil scenes, Binch (Amazing Grace) presents an expressive, loving family and a comfortable, flower-filled home. Unfortunately, her somewhat harsh palette and busy patterns can seem at odds with the tender subject matter. On balance, however, this book offers a novel and pleasing way to help children greet a new sibling. Ages 4-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 4An evocative greeting to a new baby: Welcome, little baby,/newborn and just waking./Lie close in my arms/and Ill show you the world. The poetic text describes how the family introduces its newest member to everyday sights and soundsa sneeze, a ringing telephone, the wind, a glowing light bulb. In the watercolor-and-pencil artwork, Binch places the objects mentioned in the text in scenes that feature adoring parents and siblings interacting with the baby. The characters live in a real-world home where newspapers litter the floor, books are stacked on chair-side tables, and a half-filled glass of juice adorns the television stand. Although the text speaks in a single voice, the paintings show each family member holding the child while time stands still for important moments such as the unwrapping of gifts and the older brothers first supervised holding of the baby. A natural selection for any library.Sue Sherif, Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, AK (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.