CM . . .
. Volume XIX Number 41. . . .June 21, 2013
As the father of three and the grandfather of five, I can attest to the joy that every one of these new infants has brought to my life. Observing the excitement that each of these babies has found in discovering something new in its life, whether it be its toes or a blade of grass, is an experience that never gets old. It is that kind of emotional excitement that Reid portrays in Welcome, Baby.
The board book opens and closes with a four-line verse of poetry, with the rest of Reid's poetic text being distributed one or two lines per page and accompanied on the facing page by an imaginative visual interpretation rendered in one of her trademark plasticine illustrations. The many parents seen in the illustrations are reflective of Canada's multicultural makeup, and some of the babies are also shown interacting with their siblings.
The scenes Reid presents are highly recognizable and familiar. For example, there's a living room floor messily covered with a child's toys and a father asleep on the couch, his child, also asleep, cradled on his stomach, both exhausted from a morning at play. Canada’s seasons are also represented as a father and child "climb the highest mountain" aka a pile of snow, "the seven seas" via a summer wading pool, or "listen to the trees" as the fall winds carry brittle leaves earthward.
Reid's words and illustrations also carry a subtle message of growth as the opening illustration shows a blanket encased infant in its parents' protective arms and the closing illustration portrays a toddler walking between its two parents while holding one of each parents' hands.
A perfect gift for new parents, Welcome, Baby is a must-buy for all libraries serving the preschool crowd.
Dave Jenkinson, CM's editor, grandparents in Winnipeg, MB.
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