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Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 26
Themes: babies, toddlers, family, poetry, First Nations, song, home, birth, Plains Cree
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 18/Sep/2018
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In this sweet and lyrical board book from the creators of the bestselling Little You, gentle rhythmic text captures the wonder new parents feel as they welcome baby into the world. A celebration of the bond between parent and child, this is the perfect song to share with your little ones.

Internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author Richard Van Camp teams up with award-winning illustrator Julie Flett for a second time to create a stunning board book for babies and toddlers.

Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this paperback as a dual-language (English and Plains Cree) edition.

Canadian Children's Book News
"Babies and toddlers love to be loved, and they will also love to see themselves and their parents reflected in the beautiful pages of this book."
Kirkus Reviews
“A sweet and loving board book...The parents' certainty that their baby is ‘the best of all of us’ is an affirmation every baby should hear.”
School Library Journal
"The emotions of parenthood—including feelings of love, elation, and gratitude—are certain to be conveyed to [children] by the parents who share this tale with them. A lovely picture book that will resonate with parents and show young readers the profound, positive impact they have on their parents' lives."
CM Magazine
"Both Van Camp's words and Flett's illustrations are economical, but We Sang You Home is not a quick read. Instead, each of the paired pages of text and illustration truly demands that the reader pause and reflect on the pages' contents. Highly recommended."
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"A great strength of this book is that it is nonspecific and inclusive enough to encompass all new babies—arriving through birth, fostering, or adoption—and it does not specify gender…The whole message is one of love, welcome, and completion now that the young one has joined the family. The eye-catching illustrations hint at a non-specific non-white race for the family (could be Asian, First Nations, Inuit, etc.), making this book inclusive and encompassing of Canada's ethnic diversity…It is a book of thankfulness and hope that would make a wonderful addition to the preschool collection in a library. Highly recommended."

Awards

Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year  | 2017 | Commended
CCBC Best Books  | 2017 | Commended
CaldeNott  | 2019 | Long-listed
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens  | 2019 | Commended