Synopses & Reviews
You will always be the first...
A touching tribute to baby's early milestones -- those unforgettable moments that will always be cherished. From first smiles to first cuddles and even to that first kiss, here's a loving ode to every child's -- and parent's -- momentous "firsts."
"Let's hear it for the privileges of birth order! Because as this book reminds all the Numero Unos out there, 'One day there may be a second or a third to sleep in the basket with the yellow ribbon wound round. But you will always be the first.' MacLachlan (Cat Talk) and Graegin (Water in the Park) celebrate the modest milestones that seem so marvelous the first time around: first snowfall, first steps, first smiles, and first coos. As MacLachlan sagely observes, first babies 'teach us how to be parents,' a statement that many children may find positively revelatory. However, the book presents parenthood as a surprisingly passive learning experience. Graegin's mixed-media images, rendered in soft nursery colors, portray a couple in a kind of holding pattern of happiness. There are no highs, lows, or frantic moments of wondering what to do; every page is a study in warm, easy smiles. Even singletons who think they're very special indeed may see this as an overidealized depiction of the nuclear family. Up to age 3. Author's agent: Rubin Pfeffer, East West Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Patricia Maclachlan is the author of many beloved children's books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall
, which won the Newbery Medal in 1986, several other bestselling books in the Sarah series, and picture books including All the Places to Love
, What You Know First
, Your Moon, My Moon
, and Before You Came
, co-authored with her daughter. A board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, she lives with her husband in Massachusetts. They have five grandchildren-all of whom are firsts in her heart.
Stephanie Graegin is the illustrator of Don't Feed the Baby, Water in the Park, Happy Birthday, Bunny! and several other books. She studied fine arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and went on to attend the Pratt Institute, where she received a master of fine arts in printmaking. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit her online at www.graegin.com.