Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Before You Came by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest

An expectant mother describes how she spent her days before her child is born: paddling a red canoe, tending her garden, listening to her husband strum his guitar, playing with her pets. The prose is so simple yet so beautiful. After her child is born, she promises her baby that she will share all those special things with her/him. She used to think that she had everything, and now she does. The illustrations are gorgeous--lots of brilliant pink, green, purple and turquoise with touches of gold and orange--no cutesy pale pink or pale blue.

David Diaz, the illustrator, won a Caldecott Medal in 1995 for Smoky Night by Eve Bunting. One of the authors, Patricia MacLachlan, won the Newbery Medal for Sarah, Plain and Tall. It is a superb collaboration of story and artwork, stikingly spare (story) and opulent (art). If only all new parents could feel this way! 2011

M. Cooney

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