An adorable picture book that celebrates the arrival of a new baby, with gorgeous illustrations by the bestselling illustrator of It's Not Scribble to Me.
Here you are. Look at you!
Tiny, precious, all brand-new.
At first you were a beating heart,
Now your life's about to start...Hello, Baby!
A sweet story that perfectly captures the special feelings that arrive with a new baby, and which will welcome that bundle of joy into hearts and homes.
A new baby arrives and is adored, doted upon, and welcomed to the family. Each detail of the gorgeousness of babies is celebrated and cherished in a divine collection of animal families, including koalas, rabbits, bears, owls, penguins, whales and sloths.
This new release is illustrated beautifully in digital watercolour, full of joyous scenes of family, connectedness, and love, and written in flawless rhyme. With the added bonus of a page for baby’s first photo, this is the perfect gift to celebrate the arrival of a new baby.
My Picture Book Heart, Gemma Patience
Ideally, picture books for the very young should celebrate, encourage and amuse. Hello, Baby! (Allen & Unwin.) by Shelly Unwin and Jedda Robaard tenderly celebrates the arrival of a new child. Designed as a welcome-home book, it has a scroll on the front endpaper for recording baby’s name and who gave them the book, and a page at the back for adding baby’s first photograph.
Unwin’s rhyming ext is engaging, interactive and endearing, beginning with ‘Here you are. Look at you! Tiny, precious, all brand-new”, and ending with the refrain “Hello, Baby!”. In between, she explores the delights of interacting with a new child and watching it develop.
Robaard’s gentle watercolour illustrations are similarly engaging, with a range of cute animals depicted, from giraffes, whales, bears and elephants to koalas, rabbits, penguins and platypuses, while human babies appear on the penultimate page. Throughout the book, Robaard concentrates on the intimate interactions between parent and child. Sharing this charming book is a great way to celebrate the joys of welcoming a child into your life.
The Canberra Times, Dr Stephanie Owen Reeder.