I Sang You Down from the Stars
By Carrie Kingsley,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Beautiful tale of Indigenous mother preparing for new baby.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows a view of children, community, and nature embraced by First Nations and other Indigenous people, and how a mother prepares for the arrival of a new baby.
Children are loved, wanted, and cared for well before they're born. A child is connected to their family, the community, and nature.
Positive Role Models
The Indigenous mother and community take great care to get ready for and welcome the new baby.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I Sang You Down from the Stars, a beautiful story of a First Nations mother's loving preparation for the birth of a child, is filled with gentle words from author Tasha Spillet-Sumner, of the Inniniwak Nation, and wonderfully immersive illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Michaela Goade, of the Tlingit Nation (We Are Water Protectors). This is a wonderful story to share with young children to help them understand how much emotional preparation goes into welcoming a new child. It connects the new baby, the baby's community, and the natural world with both words and images to stunning, heartfelt effect.
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What's the Story?
I SANG YOU DOWN FROM THE STARS tells a story of First Nations traditions surrounding pregnancy and getting ready for the birth of a baby. A mother-to-be gathers meaningful gifts for the new baby -- a white feather, a river stone, cedar, sage -- and makes a blanket while envisioning love and hope for the child. The community welcomes the child and connects the new baby to both the natural world they share and the loving hands that will help the child grow up.
Is It Any Good?
The gorgeous illustrations are the first thing to catch readers' attention, quickly followed by the gentle, loving words from a pregnant Indigenous woman welcoming a child into the world. I Sang You Down from the Stars is a beautiful way to share the way this community celebrates a new child, connecting the baby to the natural world they'll share and the loving hands and hearts that so eagerly await their birth. This is a great read-aloud book, and young readers, especially those curious about a new sibling or about their own birth, can find comfort knowing that families love them, even before they're born.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the many ways families prepare for children to arrive, whether through birth, like in I Sang You Down from the Stars, or through adoption, guardianship, or all the ways families make homes. What do you think are the important parts of getting ready to have a new child?
How can you welcome a new baby to your community? Does your family have any traditions for welcoming children?
What other books about First Nations or Native American culture have you read? Which are your favorites?
- Author: Tasha Spillet-Sumner
- Illustrator: Michaela Goade
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Great Girl Role Models, Science and Nature
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: April 6, 2021
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
- Number of pages: 48
- Available on: Hardback
- Last updated: April 29, 2021
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