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Author: Barrett, Hayley
Pays tribute to the wonder and emotion of a family's first quiet days with a newborn.
Kirkus Reviews (04/01/19)
Booklist (+) (04/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 04/01/2019 *Starred Review* Intimate and full of wonder, this book celebrates the babymoon experience, which is the adjustment and bonding period between parents and a newborn. It calls out the tentative and awkward (getting used to a new name, the unsureness of baby’s first sponge bath), focuses on the moments of rare rest (a daytime nap with dad; a slow, rocking walk in matching hats with mom), and highlights the tenderness and gentleness on display by an uncertain and lovestruck new father and mother, be it the curl of a tiny hand around a finger, or an infant’s downy head resting on a sturdy chest. Parents and children alike will be thrilled to recognize their experiences on the page as represented by this stunning biracial couple. Barrett’s lyrical poetry is enchanting, and Martinez-Neal’s (Alma and How She Got Her Name, 2018) artwork is as soft, round, and delicate as a newborn. Her representation of each precious moment is a croon-worthy, dimpled, tiny-fisted pleasure, and a close-up illustration of the yawning baby captures the book’s tone so beautifully it’s worthy of framing. A guaranteed home run read-aloud to share at baby story time, this book is also a perfect gift for expecting friends and an ideal addition for home and public libraries. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.