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This Is Our Baby, Born Today by [Varsha Bajaj, Eliza Wheeler]

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This Is Our Baby, Born Today Kindle Edition

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“Glowing . . . gorgeous artwork lushly illuminates the day of an elephant’s birth. . . . The expressions on the elephant faces are sheer joy to behold; the elephant smiles are realistic and yet radiate affection. Seemingly simple, this gentle rhyming story works on two levels: the playfulness of the young elephant and its friends ensure that young children will be able to see themselves in the story, and given the depiction of the natural scenes, at least some young readers will become fascinated with the lives of elephants as well. . . . The soft cadence of the rhyming verses and the joyous pictures of the elephants will make this a bedtime favorite.”Kirkus Reviews

“The soft, gently repetitive text quickly establishes a soothing message of love and acceptance. . . . Bajaj focuses on a female-centric cast of elephants, subtly referencing their matriarchal societies, and glancing mentions of monkeys and peacocks give a fuller look at the book’s Indian setting. . . . Wheeler evokes a lush environment of towering banyan trees and dense vegetation, helping create another personified character in the setting. It’s an intimate and celebratory look at the early days of an elephant’s life, and a reminder that human births are pretty special, too.”Publishers Weekly

“A newborn elephant is celebrated in a timeless manner by its herd and other animals in a wild Indian environment. . . . The landscape . . . is peaceful and lively. Scenes of the baby happily splashing in the water and sitting high atop a rock while gazing at the nighttime stars are especially fun and sweet. Rich vocabulary and engaging artwork are sure to delight readers and young listeners.”School Library Journal

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Toddler-PreS—"This is the Baby, wrinkled and gray. This is the Baby born today." A newborn elephant is celebrated in a timeless manner by its herd and other animals in a wild Indian environment. Repetitive phrasing highlights the extensive roles played in the baby's world by not only the herd but also the lagoon, a banyan tree, peacocks, and white monkeys with black faces. The landscape, created by dip pen, India ink, and watercolor, is peaceful and lively. Scenes of the baby happily splashing in the water and sitting high atop a rock while gazing at the nighttime stars are especially fun and sweet. VERDICT Rich vocabulary and engaging artwork are sure to delight readers and young listeners.—Gaye Hinchliff, King County Library System, WA --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B017SCQLDW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Nancy Paulsen Books (August 2, 2016)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 2, 2016
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 158763 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Eliza Wheeler is the illustrator-author of Home in the Woods and the NYT bestselling picture book Miss Maple’s Seeds. She was a recipient of the Sendak Fellowship Award, and has illustrated numerous books for children, including Newbery Honor book Doll Bones (Holly Black), When I'm With You and Wherever You Go (Pat Zietlow Miller), and John Ronald’s Dragons: Story of J.R.R. Tolkien (Caroline McAlister). She grew up in the northwoods of Wisconsin, and now lives with her husband in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story for a new baby.
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