Published by Beach Lane Books
Summary: Based on a call-and-response version of a baby-naming blessing Marla Frazee heard at a church service, this book seeks to honor aspects of life that we all experience. “In every birth, blessed is the wonder,” the book begins, showing two pages of newborn babies with their families. The next wordless page depicts a family enjoying the wonder of a sunset, the sky filled with pink clouds. That format continues with sentences that begin “In every…” and show a blessing, followed by a wordless page depicting the blessing. Smiles, hope, sadness, comfort, mystery, tears, love, and life are all parts of life and parts of this book. 32 pages; ages 3+
Pros: This beautiful book should be considered for a Caldecott and would make a lovely gift for a new baby, graduate, or anyone going through a life transition. Despite the serious topics, the illustrations add a light touch with plenty of humor.
Cons: The author’s note at the beginning is in a gold font so light that I missed it the first time I read the book.
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