Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
You Were Loved Before You Were Born

You Were Loved Before You Were Born

Spring 2008 Picture Books
Ages: 4 & Up
Author: Eve Bunting
Author: Karen Barbour
Illustrator: Karen Barbour
ISBN: 978-0-439-04061-7
Hardcover Price: $16.99
In poetic prose, the author recites the various things that family and friends do to prepare for the new baby. Understanding how to draw young children into the story, Bunting uses the magical second-person pronouns ("Your cousin loved you back then before he even saw you." ) to clearly deliver her message. The finely outlined illustrations are primitive in style, but the complex designs of trees, flowers, stars are modern .The juxtaposition of these elements produces a visually interesting picture book of sentiment without slipping into sentimentality.
Kemie Nix   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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Scholastic Inc./Blue Sky Press
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