Baby love…

February 12, 2010 at 3:25 pm

When I First Held You: A Lullaby from Israel, written by Mirik Snir, illustrated by Eleyor Snir; published by Kar-Ben Publishing, Minneapolis; 2009.

The gentle rhyming lullaby, paired with the folk-artsy illustrations, are enough to recommend this book.  But the publisher added a space for parents to add a picture of their child and a memory of the day of birth.  And the quote at the end of the book sums up my feelings about the sacred value of all life: “The day you were born is the day God decided that the world could not exist without you.”  That concept is echoed in the lyrical text: the mountains bowed down, winds carressed; and the illustrations of animal families, culminating with a human mother and child, brings the point home.

The mother-daughter team has layered this simple lullaby with spirit and love.  This book would make a great gift for a baby shower!  In a library setting, I would certainly use it in a book box with a “mommy and me” theme or in a list of resources for new mothers.

By the way, I reviewed a paperback copy that included flaps like a hard bound book would have; that was very interesting!

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