“A gorgeous expression of love, both for the beauty of the earth and the wonder of a child.”
In a celebration of nature and the love that exists between parent and child, the story opens to show a baby swaddled and curled in its mother’s lap, peacefully sleeping as a warm summer breeze seems to lap at the mother and the surrounding trees’ blossoms. The soothing, rhythmic text feels like a lullaby wrapping a child in the warmth of a mother’s love (“Taste the juicy berries, smell the blossoms sweet./ Hear the gentle whisper of the waving fields of wheat.”), calling attention to the beauty of the earth in both broad sweeping strokes and delightful specifics. The illustrations showcase a series of parent-child pairings in their native habitats from different places around the world. Completing the baby and reader’s tour around the world, Prasadam-Halls and Kim bring the story full circle as readers are swept back to a final, yet somewhat familiar, tableau of the original mother and child pairing to discover that the child has grown to a toddler in a reminder that meeting one’s world is a journey, not a single moment.
Smriti Prasadam-Halls has been a children’s writer and editor for more than ten years and has written several children’s books, including the bestselling Jingle Jangle Jungle, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Smriti lives in Richmond-upon-Thames.
Jaime (Jimyung) Kim was born and raised in Korea and moved to the United States when she was eighteen. Jaime works with gouache and acrylics to create illustrations inspired by childhood memories of her family, as well as movies, art, and the outside world. The sun, the moon, the sky, and stars are her favorite things, which is why they always appear in her artwork.
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