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In this sweet and lyrical board book from the creators of the bestselling Little You, gentle rhyming 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
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Board Book, 26 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Orca Book Publishers
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Ana
An ode to a parent's love for their kids. ...more
La Coccinelle
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
As we give you roots
you give us wings

And through you
we are born again

Our everyday miracle
our everyday smile

Our forever home
is inside of you


No pressure, kids!

I don't know what the synopsis is talking about; as you can see, the text doesn't rhyme at all. This is basically just a collection of nice little sayings accompanied by Julie Flett's collage illustrations. The premise worked in Little You , which I read and reviewed last year. But this book left me cold.

The problem is that it's really a
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Kathryn
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: board-books
This is a lovely board book with one of those themes that will resonate more for the parents reading it than for the child. But, that's okay. Babies and tots will feel the love in the words read aloud and the illustrations are captivating. Written and illustrated by Native American creators, it's a beautiful glimpse at a present-day Native American family with a message that will likely resonate with every new parent. ...more
Laura
A sweet book for new parents to read to their new child. Written in both English and Plains Cree, this tells the child how much they are loved, and important.

Beautiful pictures. Beautiful sentiments.





Good that dual language picture books are being published, so this can be available to children of Cree parents as well.

#KaKîwehNikamôstamâtinân #NetGalley

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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ElphaReads
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely charming book that can be read to babies and toddlers about love parents have for children. It's also important to note that it gives voice to Indigenous cultures, which is very important since their voices are almost completely unheard in children's literature. The art is also quite nice. A good choice for the upcoming holiday season if you know of anyone with babies! ...more
Ames Public Library Youth Services
Board books can serve many purposes. Some are for chewing. Some are for learning concepts. Some are for fun. Some are apparently for making librarians cry at their desks on a Friday morning.

The newest board book by Richard Van Camp and illustrated by Julie Flett is the latter. Its beautiful illustrations and text share just how happy parents are to have their children in their lives. Van Camp writes about how much babies and children are loved by their parents. Flett's illustrations show a smal
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Great Books
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: birth-4
This little board book is a parent’s song to a child containing message every child should hear; you are wanted, you are loved, you are our miracle. Each page has sparse illustrations of Native American children and families but universally appealing to all. A great gift to new parents. Reviewer 11
Samantha
In poetic text, parents welcome a child to the world. Gouache illustrations with digital collage features a cast of First Nations characters.

Highly recommended for new parents, especially as a gift, and for reading to baby.
Literary Redhead
Popular storyteller Richard Van Camp and award-winning illustrator Julie Flett team up a second time in this lovely, lyrical book on the wonder parents feel with a new baby. Beautiful illustrations and poetic text make this a highly recommended read.

#KaKîwehNikamôstamâtinân #NetGalley
Edward Sullivan
Nov 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: board-books
A nice gift for new parents.
Marissa Elera
A wonderful ode to new baby and family.
Elizabeth
I have enjoyed what little I have read from Richard Van Camp before, and I always love Julie Flett's illustrations. I wasn't surprised to find such a cute and charming story.

The illustrations were easily my favourite thing about this book, but they weren't the only good thing. The story is the perfect kind to read to babies and toddlers, with that lovely parental love sort of message to it. There was such sweet and genuine affection that it was hard not to smile.

Recommended for anyone looking f
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AStar Reads
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
4.5 stars. This picture book was incredibly heart-warming and would be an amazing gift to any new family. The only area that brought it down a tiny bit for me, was how small some of the illustrations were and that the color was a little bland at times.
Maeve
The happiness and joy parents feel when they have a child. Beautiful text and beautiful illustrations.
Angie
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolutely breathtaking! My children are currently 16 and 12, but I still feel the way shown in the book about them. They are miracles. We dreamed and wished for them. I love how this book is dual language, and although I cannot speak Cree, it looks so lovely. This is another "baby shower" or baby gift book that will be given to friends and loved ones. I think it will even make a good library or classroom addition, because of how much love is shown in it, and our students need that ...more
Tracey
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it
diverse picture book (a board book for parents welcoming a new baby; families; parental love for their child)
* Prominently features diverse characters: beautiful illustrations depict medium-dark skinned families with straight black hair (could be identified as asian or First Nations or possibly Latinx). There are some spreads with just mom and baby, and other spreads with two parents--usually one with long hair that presents as female and one with short hair that could be interpreted as male or
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Victoria
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
We Sang You Home is a book for early readers. It tells the story of parents hoping for the best for their newborn baby. It is such a happy, warm book to remind children that they are loved. I found this book Book Riot's 50 MUST-READ POETRY BOOKS FOR KIDS list.

I was able to find a recording of the story being read aloud on YouTube from Story Time with Bizzy Book Club. I love how the reader read this story with such a happy, nurturing tone. She even explained words students may be unfamiliar with
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Cheriee Weichel
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Julie Flett's illustrations are as gorgeous as usual. Van Camp's text speaks to the special magic that a new baby brings. As much as I love this book, and I do, I'm not sure what age group this would be for. I can see parents reading it to their preschoolers, but I'm not sure this would have a place for K to grade 3 readers. As a possible choice for the chocolate lily award, I think it's too young. ...more
Penny
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a beautiful book! This would make a wonderful gift for someone expecting a baby or for new parents. Kudos Richard for such a wonderful story! Kudos to Julie Flett, the Illustrator, for such beautiful pictures!
Kate
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Rebecca Renea
Nov 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
This was weird to me... maybe I just don't get the "deep meaning" writing ...more
Alyssa Tabor
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Eh, it was a little mystical for my taste, but the illustrations were simple, engaging, and reasonably understable for very young minds.
Britt
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Not rhyming, which is why I'm surprised I enjoyed it so much. A little less sugar-sweet than usual take on being glad your baby is yours. ...more
Claire
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful story and illustrations; Great for snuggling baby; Representation of a modern native family
Naomi
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful book reads like a song. The illustrations fill your mind with joy. I read this every night to my little one and we enjoy celebrating the life of welcoming him to our family!
Jeannie
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it

This is a gentle lullaby story to be shared with the young and old. The pictures are poetic as well.
Leslie
“A lovely picture book that will resonate with parents and show young readers the profound, positive impact they have on their parents’ lives.” School Library Journal (SLJ)

While the format and subject is familiar to the 0-3 age group, I would resist any thought that We Sang You Home is one to sing only over infants. As the above quote from SLJ observes, We Sang You Home communicates “the profound, positive impact” a child has on their parents. It speaks of an interconnectedness and of legacy; a
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Amory Blaine
We Sang You Home reads like a song. It shares an abstract story, not of a child's birth but of what his presence represents. "As we give you roots, you give us wings," the parents explain; "our forever home is inside of you."

I initially inferred from the title that this book was about adoption. Pages praising the child for "choosing" his family and giving them hope also support that reading. Unfortunately, the images do not. The child appears to be a boy biologically related to his parents, alt
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Blaine Gerdes
This is a cute book for young beginner readers or toddlers. The illustrations are adorable and help the reader to see how much the little girl in the books parents love her. The book is about a little girl who's parents sang her existence and the love they have for her. It is also about how the family believes that their singing blessed them with their baby and how she sings back to them. I would definitly read this again, I think it's a great book to read to little ones. ...more
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A Dogrib (Tlicho) Dene from Fort Smith, NWT, Richard Van Camp is an internationally renowned storyteller and best-selling author. He is the author of the novel, The Lesser Blessed, a collection of short stories, Angel Wing Splash Pattern, and two children’s books with Cree artist, George Littlechild. His new baby book: Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns is the official selection of the ...more

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