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I Loved You Before You Were Born

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"Even before you were born,
I was your grandma and I loved you."

A loving grandmother eagerly awaits the arrival of her grandchild. She dreams of the baby's soft sighs, sweet smells, and tiny toes, and imagines the infant smiling, rolling over, and crawling for the first time. Finally, the baby arrives and Grandma is ready with a very special message.

Review:

"Shed's (The Butterfly House) intimate, soft-focus oil portraits add a nostalgic quality to this sweet story of a grandmother recollecting the arrival of her grandchild. 'Even before you were born, I was your grandma and I loved you,' muses the narrator as if addressing the child directly. She then goes on to enumerate all the wonders of babyhood ('I imagined your soft sighs and sweet smells/ and your tiny toes lined up/ like pink pearls on a necklace') and times shared ('I imagined holding you close,/ rocking you,/ watching you make faces as you dreamed'). Her imaginings span a full year, through baby's first Christmas and birthday ('I saw you eating birthday cake, pink and yellow frosting finger painted across your face') and culminate with the infant's actual birth. Debut children's author Bowen captures the eagerness and anticipation attendant upon the birth of a new family member, and her poetic descriptions ('hands spread out, like little starfish'; 'ribbons of autumn sunlight weaving through your hair') brim with sentimental tenderness. Shed's realistic portraits evoke the feeling of a family photo album, including close-ups of the fetching baby and various beaming family members. Just right for sharing on Grandma's lap. All ages." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Anne Bower was inspired to write I Loved You Before You Were Born while she waited for and wondered about her first grandchild. She has been a teacher for twenty-five years, working with both hearingimpaired and hearing children, and was chosen as the 1996-1997 Utah Language Arts Teacher of the Year. Ms. Bowen is passionate about reading and enjoys sharing her love of literature and beautiful language with her students. She has two sons and one granddaughter and lives with her husband in Ogden, Utah.

Greg Shed has illustrated many books for children, including The Language of Doves by Rosemary Wells and Dandelions by Eve Bunting. He lives in his hometown of San Diego, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780064436311
Author:
Shed, Greg
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Illustrator:
Shed, Greg
Author:
Shed, Greg
Author:
by Anne Bowen
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Holidays & Festivals - Other - Non-religious
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Family - New Baby
Subject:
Babies
Subject:
Grandmothers
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20040330
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from PreS to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
9.00x9.00x.14 in. .30 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
100

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Shed's (The Butterfly House) intimate, soft-focus oil portraits add a nostalgic quality to this sweet story of a grandmother recollecting the arrival of her grandchild. 'Even before you were born, I was your grandma and I loved you,' muses the narrator as if addressing the child directly. She then goes on to enumerate all the wonders of babyhood ('I imagined your soft sighs and sweet smells/ and your tiny toes lined up/ like pink pearls on a necklace') and times shared ('I imagined holding you close,/ rocking you,/ watching you make faces as you dreamed'). Her imaginings span a full year, through baby's first Christmas and birthday ('I saw you eating birthday cake, pink and yellow frosting finger painted across your face') and culminate with the infant's actual birth. Debut children's author Bowen captures the eagerness and anticipation attendant upon the birth of a new family member, and her poetic descriptions ('hands spread out, like little starfish'; 'ribbons of autumn sunlight weaving through your hair') brim with sentimental tenderness. Shed's realistic portraits evoke the feeling of a family photo album, including close-ups of the fetching baby and various beaming family members. Just right for sharing on Grandma's lap. All ages." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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