A family helps Mom deliver her baby at home.
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Julie Vivas trained at the National Art School in Sydney, first undertaking a course in interior design and later switching to film animation. From 1969 to 1973 she lived in Spain. She now lives in an inner city suburb of Sydney with her husband and daughters.From Booklist:
Kane/Miller publishing has become known for a handful of children's books on parts of the body (breasts) and their functions (Everyone Poops, 1993), all treated with unusual directness. This book is also surprisingly direct, but it is much more sophisticated than previous offerings, both in the text and, especially, in the art. The subject is childbirth, certainly not a neglected topic in children's literature, but Overend and Vivas focus on homebirth, making it a family affair and showing just what happens. The narrator, Jack, is the youngest of three children whose parents await the birth of a new baby. The midwife arrives; Mum's sister comes; and the family gathers round Mum to watch the miracle happen. Jack duly reports Mum's yells, but the text is surprisingly subdued. It's Viva's warm, gauzy illustrations that convey the emotion and the details. Suffused with bright highlights, they manage to be strong and frank without being too scary or vivid. They clearly show Mum's labors and the birth: Mum, experiencing contractions as she bends over a chair; standing naked and hugging Dad as the baby's head crowns, the children looking on, anxious and wondering. Then there's Mum, baby at breast, umbilical cord still attached and the placenta in a bowl nearby; and the newly born baby, eyes open to the world. The last spread shows the family sleeping, all together--close and peaceful--having shared something none of them is likely to forget. The setting is very different from the warm hospital room of Robie Harris' Happy Birth Day! (1996), illustrated by Michael Emberley, but the love and family intimacy shown are just the same. Stephanie Zvirin
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Book Description Kane/Miller Book Pub, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110916291960
Book Description Kane/Miller Book Pub. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0916291960 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0510674