When You Were Just a Heartbeat by Laurel Molk

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s a loving family awaits the birth of a baby, they treasure each developmental milestone as the baby grows. Meanwhile, the world outside changes too: the ice melts on the pond, the days grow longer, and the birds sing to one another.Then one glorious day, all the earth celebrates the arrival of a new life.Magnificently illustrated with luminous, soothing watercolors, this is a natural gift for mothers or any parent-to-be.

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Jane Yolen is the award-winning author of numerous books for children, including The Girl in the Golden Bower and Child of Faerie, Child of Earth, both illustrated by Jane Dyer. Jane Yolen and her husband divide their time between a one-hundred-year-old farmhouse in Hatfield, Massachusetts, and Wayside, a house in Scotland. Off We Go! was inspired by memorable visits from Jane Yolen's granddaughter Maddison Jane. Laurel Molk is the illustrator of Beneath the Ghost Moon, by Jane Yolen, and the author and illustrator of Good Job Oliver!. Laurel Molk lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts with her husband, son, and an assortment of animals much like the ones in this book (with the exception of the snake).
Published April 1, 2004 by Little, Brown Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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The visuals subtly suggest each stage of growth, as seasons pass: a line of delicate-footed salamanders scamper across the page “while you were growing fingers and toes,” a gorgeous iris opens “about the time you were opening your eyes,” and “when you were too big to roll over, the pumpkins were ...

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Her comparisons are skillful: she mentions the baby's sprouting of fingers and toes alongside the emergence of spring's earliest denizens, the salamanders, wood frogs and peepers;

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