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Welcome, little baby
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [1987]

Physical Description:
24 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
A mother welcomes her newborn infant, and tells what life will be like as the child grows older.

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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Little Books

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"Welcome to our world, little baby. We've been waiting for you." "In a simple text that's perfect, Aliki conveys warmth, love, hope, and the special tenderness felt by parents at the birth of their child."--Horn Book.

Author Notes

Aliki was born Aliki was born on September 3, 1929 in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from the Philadelphia Museum College of Art in 1951. After college, she worked in the display department at J. C. Penney Co. in New York for a year and then as a free-lance artist and art teacher in Philadelphia. In 1956 she spent several months traveling, painting, and sketching in Europe.

In 1957, Aliki married Franz Brandenberg, also a writer, and they settled in Switzerland, where she worked as a free-lance artist. In 1960 the Brandenbergs moved to New York City. Aliki continued to write and illustrate children's books, both fiction and nonfiction. As well as illustrating her own works, she has also illustrated over fifty books for others, including those of her husband Franz, Joanna Cole and Paul Showers.

Aliki and her family moved to England in 1977 where she continues to write and illustrate. She has been the recipient of many honours including the New York Academy of Sciences Children's Book Award and the Prix du Livre pour Enfants (Geneva). She received the New Jersey Institute of Technology Award for The Listening Walk in 1961 and for Bees and Beelines in 1964, the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award for Three Gold Pieces: A Greek Folk Tale in 1968, and the Children's Book Showcase for At Mary Bloom's in 1977. She also won the New York Academy of Sciences (younger) Award for Corn Is Maize: The Gift of the Indians in 1977 and the Garden State Children's Book Award (younger nonfiction) for Mummies Made In Egypt in 1982.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gentle pictures and a brief, warm text celebrate the arrival of a new baby.

Publisher's Weekly Review

This beautiful little book is the perfect gift for a new baby and his or her family. Accomplished author/artist Aliki tenderly depicts a newborn and its family's first experiences. ``Welcome to our world, little baby,'' the text begins. ``We've been waiting for you.'' The story evokes all the warm feelings new parents and their loved ones have toward babies. Aliki's illustrations show everyday events that will interest older children, while toddlers will be drawn to the prominently displayed faces of the baby and its mother. All ages. (March) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2 Here's a different sort of ``new baby'' book, a warm, tender greeting for a little one. Simple prose combined with charming pictures in the soft, bright colors of spring express the wonder and promise of a new life. Sweet without being saccharine, the text describes the small world of an infant and the way in which that sphere will expand as the baby discovers ``things you didn't know when you were born.'' Impressionistic illustrations in crayon and ink follow the text; mother and child are shown at home and visiting the park, experiencing the sights and sounds around them. This is not a book about sibling relationships, as the focus is almost entirely on baby and mother, with the father appearing on the last page as part of the family. For this reason, the book would be a lovely gift for a new mother, but may not have much appeal to young children. Welcome, New Baby is just thata welcome that expresses the miracle of birth and growth. Lucy Young Clem, Evansville-Vanderburgh County Public Library, Ind. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.