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“The greatest gift is a passion for reading.”
Summary: A parent describes what happened in the world the night their child was born, and how to look for signs that the world keeps celebrating how special the child is each and every day. This is an illustrated poem that engages young readers to participate in the story.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 6; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 2 to 8
Reading Level: 3
Age of Child: Started reading with a 4-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He liked the story and responding to the requests in the text (like wiggling toes).
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a beautiful poem with creative, incredible illustrations. It's nice to have poetry that doesn't need rhyming words for every verse. Although officially this is for children 4 to 8, it is truly for all ages: infant through grandparent!
Pros: The book engages readers and listeners and draws on all their senses. This would be a terrific book for adoptive families.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a book you will want to inscribe with a special note. It is a must have that children will treasure for many, many years.
Educational Themes: This book is less about describing the events of birth than celebrating the special and unique qualities of each child. It creates a great opening for talking with children about why they think they're special.