In simple words and radiant collages, Debra Frasier celebrates the natural miracles of the earth and extends an exuberant welcome to each member of our human family. Accompanied by a detailed glossary explaining such natural phenomena as gravity, tides, and migration, this is an unforgettable book. “A book filled with reverence for the natural order of the world and the place of the individual in it.”--School Library Journal
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"On the eve of your birth ... the Earth and her creatures with the Sun and the Moon all moved in their places, each ready to greet you the very first moment of the very first day you arrived."Every child loves to hear the story of how he or she came into the world, but usually very little attention is paid to how the world was in that magical moment. For any family who feels a special connection to nature and the flow of life, On the Day You Were Born will help baby understand how each of us is received not just by our family, but by the universe and its gentle ways. The simple, bright pictures in Debra Frasier's book recall Matisse, and they won the book a Parents' Choice Award for illustration. In the final pages, each illustration and theme in the book (migrating animals, gravity, glowing moon, rising tide, etc.) is explained in simple and direct language that can be used to teach older children how nature works on our planet, and how Earth works in the universe.
This beautiful hardcover book is accompanied by a washable, soft rattle that has a donut-shaped yellow handle with "Welcome" embroidered on it in blue thread. The head of the rattle is a round, blue sky embroidered with yellow stars and a red figure of a child dancing. (From birth) --Katherine FergusonFrom the Author:
Carry this book with you to the hospital. Have the nurses stamp the newborn's footprints on the dedication page...invite visitors to sign, report the weather on the day of birth, make this book a living document of the day of birth. The story will grow in depth along with the growing child who may rename this book: On the Day I Was Born! Some families have made these entries long after the day of birth, even presented it on 21st birthdays. This is a story that becomes more beloved as the years go by. I think it touches hearts because it came from a very real place: my own difficult pregnancy with my one and only daughter. My joy at her safe arrival brought the words to On the Day You Were Born...
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