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ISBN13: 9780802851857

ISBN10: 0802851851

Publisher: W.B.Eerdmans

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  • Before you were born God wrote your days in a book, and when you arrived, we wrapped you in white and introduced you to the dawn. What child isnt curious about those first days of life? In "Before You Were Born", Nancy White Carlstrom celebrates the mystery of how each child is a part of Gods plan and the wonder of how a family grows and changes when a child arrives. With vibrant colors and joyful images, illustrator Linda Saport tenderly conveys the excitement and love with which parents welcome children into their lives. This lyrical celebration of every childs life takes its inspiration from Psalm 139.
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    In this lyrical, heartwarming picture-book tribute to family and the creation of new life, Carlstrom celebrates the impact that newborns have on the universe from the moment they are conceived. . . . Saports vibrantly colored, expressionistic illustrations, in charcoal and pastel, fill each double-page spread with color and light as they successfully simulate the excitement and joy that only new life can bring.

    - Booklist

    Inspired by Psalm 139:13-16, this charming book answers a childs questions about his birth and his first days of life. . . . Illustrated in lush deep hues of blue and green, as well as warm shades of red, orange and yellow, the storybook family . . . explains how the arrival of a baby changes a family, as well as the wonderful knowledge that each child is important to Gods plan.

    - The Arkansas Democrat Gazette

    The book captures the watchful waiting and final fulfillment that accompanies the birth experience. The words and imagery created are specific and yet broad based so that the books theme is accessible and universal. . . . The masterful collaboration of writer and artist makes this title shine. The illustrations are bold and evocative.

    - School Library Journal

    You will want to read this book aloud several times yourself before reading it to children because of the tears in your eyes and the lump in your throat. It is a tender book in both its words and illustrations.

    - Church Educator

    Psalm 139 is the inspiration for this exquisitely beautiful book. While it is addressed to an infant, the book is really for all ages. It is a book that can be shared with young children as they ask questions about the world of which they are a part. There is so much to learn, so much to wonder about. The marvel of creation and Gods plan for each life shine thought the beautiful charcoal and pastel drawings.

    - Christian Observer

    Saports intense, page-filling charcoal and pastel illustrations make this a beautiful book. . . . This colorful picture book is destined to be a new baby gift that will appeal to parents and also to young children when they begin to ask where they came from and what their parents did before they were born.

    - Childrens Literature

    A luminescent tale extolling the miraculous changes wrought by an infants arrival. Expanding upon the gently reassuring words of Psalm 139, Carlstrom details the myriad ways in which a couples life evolves with the birth of their child. Effulgent imagery continually conveys the sense that this child is the beacon of its parents universe, enveloping all in its radiance. Saports pastel and charcoal illustrations convey the same lustrous quality as the poem. Broad, sweeping images fill the pages, depicting the softly rounded figures of the parents cradling their infant, expressing serenity through simple details such as peacefully closed eyes or slightly curving smiles. Rich hues of deep crimson, bright saffron, and vivid cobalt mingle together to create a vibrant setting for Carlstroms affecting verses. A beautiful portrayal of the transformation of a couple into a family.

    - Kirkus Reviews



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