Welcome, Precious by Nikki Grimes

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Literary award winners Nikki Grimes and Bryan Collier celebrate life, love, and family with this gorgeous new picture book.

"Welcome, Precious. Welcome to the warm circle of your daddy's arms, the slippery kisses of your giddy grandmother, and the cool tickle of Mommy's nose rubbing against your belly button."

Lulling, poetic text and captivating illustrations welcome a new baby to the wonders of the world, from peanut butter to moonlight. A perfect gift for expecting parents, big brothers- and sisters-to-be, or anyone who wishes to remember life's first magical moments.

About Nikki Grimes

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NIKKI GRIMES's acclaimed body of work for children includes Talkin' About Bessie, a 2003 Coretta Scott King Author Award honor book. She is also the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.
Published September 1, 2006 by Orchard Books. 32 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books.

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Every child should be so blessed as to be welcomed to the world and into the loving embrace of an adoring family, as is the African-American newborn in this warm poetic picture book.

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Publishers Weekly

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Grimes's (Jazmin's Notebook) lilting text sensualizes the quotidian and domestic: a visit to the park welcomes Precious to ""rain-swept earth/ and spiced cider on the wind,"" as well as ""the cool delight/ of ice cream,/ the sticky joy of peanut butter,/ and the hint of honey/ in chocolate fudge....

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Common Sense Media

Finally, filled with dreams of a magical world, the baby is lulled to sleep in the ark of its parents' arms with a prayer for a long life to explore this new world.

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