You Were Loved Before You Were Born



Heart-tingling hug for kids, and new parents too.

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The obvious, simple, and profound messages of love.

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Parents need to know that this beautiful, graceful book has a simple message that will make hearts tingle and kids feel special.

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What's the story?

Written as if a mother were speaking to her child, this book goes through a litany of all the people who awaited the baby's birth and what they did to prepare. All is to say, the child was loved by so many people even before he/she was born. And is still loved by them today.

Is it any good?


Warm, simple, gentle text is set within colorful, yet subtle, illustrations, and both will pull all readers into repeated readings. Adults, more that kids, may appreciate the flat, one dimensional artwork, which is made to look like cut-paper collage against uniformly painted backgrounds. However, kids will want to cuddle up with one of the many people who love them to hear this story again and again.

Some say it takes a village to raise a child. This book shows that it also takes one to welcome a new child into the world. Parents, grandmothers and grandfathers, cousins, neighbors, and even the family dog anticipate the arrival of the baby, and each adds something to build the loving world that will surround the child when he/she comes. On one page the grandmother plants a rose, on another an aunt paints stars on the walls and ceiling, and on yet another an neighbor holds an amazing butterfly kite he has made. Each does something unique that not only anticipates the birth, but also promises a loving future together with the child.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about all the people who were excited about the baby's birth, and how they helped to get ready. Parents will want to share stories of what they did to make the world ready for their child. Who was involved? What did they do? Who is still special in the child's life, and what kinds of things do they continue to share with each other?

Book details

Author:Eve Bunting
Illustrator:Karen Barbour
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Blue Sky Press
Publication date:January 1, 2008
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):3 - 7
Read aloud:3
Read alone:6

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