Nikki Grimes Welcome, Precious

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Welcome, Precious

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9780439557023: Welcome, Precious

Literary award winners Nikki Grimes and Bryan Collier celebrate life, love, and family with this gorgeous new picture book.

"Welcome, Precious. Welcome to the warm circle of your daddy's arms, the slippery kisses of your giddy grandmother, and the cool tickle of Mommy's nose rubbing against your belly button."

Lulling, poetic text and captivating illustrations welcome a new baby to the wonders of the world, from peanut butter to moonlight. A perfect gift for expecting parents, big brothers- and sisters-to-be, or anyone who wishes to remember life's first magical moments.

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NIKKI GRIMES's acclaimed body of work for children includes Talkin' About Bessie, a 2003 Coretta Scott King Author Award honor book. She is also the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.

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The miracle of birth is lovingly and eloquently on display in this joyous picture book. An African American family has a new baby and wonders await: "Welcome to the silk of grass, / the satin of rose petals, / and the squish of sand between your toes. / Welcome to rain-swept earth and spiced cider on the wind." There are more down-to-earth pleasures as well: "the sticky joy of peanut butter," "the squeaky surprise of a yellow ducky." Most important, the newborn is loved by parents and family. Collier's watercolors (accented with collage) are sturdy; this baby's family seems very real. But in some pictures there's a shimmer of stardust or the glow of rainbows that captures how transcendent the arrival of a new baby really is. Adults will certainly read this aloud to help children understand the feelings surrounding their arrival, but perhaps parents themselves are the book's most natural audience; it articulates so much that they are feeling but not quite able to say. Pair with Robie Harris' Happy Birth Day (1996). Ilene Cooper
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