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Happy Birth Day!

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  59 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A perfect gift for baby showers! Great for new big brother and sisters!

A baby is born. From the first moments of her life, she is able to breathe, open her eyes, and gaze at her mother’s face. Soon she will nurse, suck her thumb, and sleep. With text as tender as a newborn’s cheek, Robie H. Harris tells a story to children about the day they were born, describing how loud
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Candlewick (first published 1996)
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May 14, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I remember reading this to Lola when she was a newborn and getting all choked up (of course that wouldn't be all that unusual with no sleep and the crazy hormones). Also nice that both of their books show breastfeeding moms - unfortunately too rare in picture books.
Apr 17, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
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Happy Birth Day is an odd little book. It's not meant for babies but older children 3+. It emphasizes the instant love a new baby elicits and I can see it being a great way for parents to reinforce love with a little one. Perhaps a little one who's been particularly naughty? The book is deeply personal and the realistic drawers give it a more "real" feel than many baby books. I can't see using it for storytime but it's not a bad new baby book. Commerical review noted that the book starts with a ...more
Aug 19, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it
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Picture book of a new baby. Realistic drawings. I think it's sweet!
May 19, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely book.
Jessica Levitt
Dec 02, 2012 Jessica Levitt rated it it was amazing
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This is a beautiful book. The illustrations by Michael Emberley are so realistic. After watching his video on I see the book from his perspective. He put a lot of time and energy into researching live births and I appreciated his desire to create "larger than life" illustrations because the interactions with a newborn child are so intense and up close.
Recommended: read aloud for Elementary/Primary 2-8
Oct 02, 2009 Daniel rated it it was amazing
It is awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
Heather Willis
Apr 14, 2010 Heather Willis rated it really liked it
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Very realistic pictures, explains the process after a baby is born. Probably more appropriate to use at home than in a classroom.
Jan 09, 2010 Amanda rated it did not like it
The baby illustrated for the birth in the hospital is scary! My son was scared by it and I dont blame him. The baby's face is SCARY!
Oct 06, 2009 K rated it really liked it
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Such a sweet book. Too bad there's such a medicalized birth back-drop.
Jan 02, 2010 Natalie rated it it was ok
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didn't capture my 3-year old's attention for re-readings.
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Robie H. Harris has written many award-winning books for children of all ages, including the definitive Family Library about sexuality: IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL, IT'S SO AMAZING!, and IT'S NOT THE STORK! She lives in Massachusetts.
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