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Number of Pages: 32
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 10.80 (inches)|
The Baby Wren and the Great Gift, written by bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jen Corace, is a celebration of all the wonderful gifts God has given us. The tiny wren marvels at the incredible creatures around her, all the while wishing she had a special gift to share. As she takes in the beauty of the world around her, she discovers a unique talent thats been inside her all along.
Sally Lloyd-Jones is a leading writer of inspirational books for children. She is the author of three bestselling childrens Bibles, including the Moonbeam Award winner and ALA notable The Jesus Storybook Bible, as well as Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, winner of the ECPA Inspirational Book award. She has written many picture books for children, such as the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller How to Be a Baby: By Me, the Big Sister and Song of the Stars. Sally was born and raised in Africa, was schooled in England, and now lives in New York City. She can be found at http://www.sallylloyd-jones.com.
Jen Corace is an artist and freelance illustrator who lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. Originally from the suburbs of southern New Jersey, she eventually made her way to the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a BFA in illustration. Jen has illustrated many bestselling childrens books including Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink, Hansel and Gretel, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, and Telephone.
A little bird explores her environment, meeting other creatures with special talents before discovering her own. The baby wren is first seen alone in her nest, but she soon hops out and meets other birds, animals, and fish. To the tiny bird, the soaring kingfisher and eagles, splashing sunfish, and cartwheeling ring-tailed cats are amazing and accomplished, doing spectacular things that astonish a naïve little bird. In classic find-your-own-talent fashion, the baby wren is then so inspired by a glowing, pink sunrise that she is moved to sing her own song, which can be heard all over the canyon. The lyrical text uses rich, poetic imagery along with judicious repetition to create a memorable setting for the little bird's exploratory journey. A large format and double-page-spread illustrations in jewel tones make the canyon setting appealing, though the bird is sometimes dwarfed by the expansive vistas. When the baby wren finds her own voice, she offers a big, open-ended thank you for everything in her world. There is no overt religious content in the text, though there is a short quotation on the front cover flap referring to prayer and a brief quote on the back cover flap from Martin Luther about the power of song. An attractive visual presentation complements an engaging text for a fresh interpretation of an old theme. (Picture book. 4-8)
This adorable book opens with Baby Wren peeking out from her tiny nest in a rock face crevice and spying the wonders in the canyon that surrounds her: flittering butterflies, diving kingfishers, ring-tailed cats, and eagles sailing through the sky high above her. These miraculous things make her wish she had something of value that she could do. Then she sees the sun casting a pink glow upon the walls of the canyon in which she lives, and her heart becomes overwhelmed by the beauty around her. She bursts into song -- her special great gift -- one she unknowingly shares with the creatures around her. Baby Wren and the Great Gift is a delightful book with a special meaning for all of us: no matter how big or small, each of us has a special God-given gift we can share with others. As a mother and grandmother, I believe that message is especially important, for all children must learn that each of us is unique in our own special way, that we all have special talents to share with others. It just sometimes takes time to discover what they are. Baby Wren and the Great Gift is a hardback book designed for children 4-8 years of age (Preschool to Grade 2), and is beautifully written by award-winning Sally Lloyd-Jones, a leading writer of inspirational books for children. The book, approximately 11' wide x 9-1/4' high, is expertly illustrated by the highly talented Jen Corace. Her brightly colored vistas often flow across two open pages, providing a delightful panorama of the world around Baby Wren. Children and parents will love each scene and sharing the heart-warming messages contained within this exquisite book. It's bound to be a favorite that children will want to read again and again.
This gentle read-aloud proves that everyone has a special gift to share as a baby wren leaves her nest to explore the world. Venturing out into the beautiful canyon, a kingfisher invites the wren to go fishing, ring-tailed cats ask her to join them in cartwheels, sunfish call to splash in the river, and eagles ask her to soar high above the storm clouds. But the baby wren cannot dive, do cartwheels, swim, or soar, compelling her to predictably ask why she cannot do these things. Lloyd-Joness lyrical text follows a comfortable pattern of wrens unanswered question to each of her new friends (Why arent I a sunfish...so I could swim and splash, too?) always followed by the refrain But no one answered./Monarchs played in the milkweed./A breeze rustled in the switch grass./And the glittering river ran on. Coraces fine-lined and brightly colored drawings show the scenic details of the wrens surroundings and the spectacular sunset as she discovers the magnificent call deep in her chest. Finding her special gift, the wren fills the canyon with a birdsong of thanks for all to hear. VERDICT Lovely and lyrical, this is a comforting story to be shared at storytime, bedtime, or anytime children are looking for reassurance of their special gifts.Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
Baby Wren looks out at the world around her, full of the wonder of ring-tailed cats cartwheeling over the walls of tall rock ledges and brave eagles soaring high in a stormy sky. What could a little bird like her do to match the wonder around her? She has no tail, she cannot swim, and she is much too little to be brave like an eagle. As the baby wren continues to explore the beauty around her, will she despair over what she lacks or instead discover a special gift? Baby Wren and the Great Gift by Sally Lloyd-Jones is an inspiring story of the wonder and beauty of the natural world as seen through the eyes of a newborn bird, who longs to be a part of it all but sees herself as miniscule in light of the other marvelous creatures. Yet through one glorious sight, the baby wren discovers her gift, finding her special purpose in Gods wondrous world. The story is told in a narrative fashion, the baby wren an apparent observer of all the beauty around her; however, there is a clear shift in perspective in the final two pages as the baby wren is then included in the description of the sights and sounds of the canyon. This shift from observer to participant mirrors the wrens discovery of her place and part in creation. The rich, earth-toned color scheme of the illustrations brings warmth to the text and delights the eyes. Overall, this picture book is a story of self-discovery and belonging, which leads to thankfulness and praise, and would pair well with The Sleepy Songbird by Suzanne Barton. Justina McBride, CLJ
Laura Rene3 Stars Out Of 5Sweet Story but would recommend an addition to bookJune 21, 2016Laura ReneQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3And my bookshelf would not be complete without another children's book. Baby Wren and the Great Gift, by Sally Lloyd-Jones is a sweet story about a baby wren who sees all the other animals with their special talents and wonders what her talent might be. In the end, she sees a gorgeous sunset and the beauty makes her sing with all her might. The other animals love her song and she realizes each animal has a unique gift and hers is to sing. The illustrations by Jen Corace are gorgeous in this book and little ones would definitely enjoy seeing each colorful page and each new animal. I think the story would have been just a bit sweeter if it had mentioned God being the giver of the sunset and the giver of Baby Wren's gift. 3 out of 5 stars for this one.
GRANNY PENNYAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Cute story for tiny totsApril 14, 2016GRANNY PENNYAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Baby Wren and the Great Gift was sent to me by Zonderkidz a division of Zondervan Publishing free of charge, in exchange for my honest review.
Baby Wren and the Great Gift was written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jen Corace. It is a childrens book that how everyoneeven the tiniest bird has a purpose on this great earth.
I would recommend this for early readers or for those reading to young children.
Lyndsey4 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful illustrations with sweet story!April 12, 2016LyndseyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0My favorite thing about this book is the gorgeous illustrations. Truly beautiful. I loved the message of the book about everyone having their own gift from God, but it wasn't my favorite Sally Lloyd-Jones. The words are lyrical which go right along with the baby wren. The pictures are captivating and hold attention even more than the story. I love any story reinforcing how God gave each of us a talent and we are all different but not better than one another. Really enjoyed this book!
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sandra5 Stars Out Of 5Do readApril 9, 2016sandraQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A very cute kids book bout a bird ( As you can see!).The Baby Wren and the Great Gift, written by bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jen Corace, is a celebration of all the wonderful gifts God has given us. Sure to delight the child with the beautiful pictures. Adults cant help looking at it over and over again. This book points that everyone has there own talent and we don't have to look at some one else and wish to be the same. Very well written and engaging message that even children can pick up, My younger sisters really enjoyed this book. .I recommend this book to be read to pre-school children. I can not wait to bring it to my nanny job as the new book of the week and to purchase copies as gifts.
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Frosty5 Stars Out Of 5Loved this sweet book!April 4, 2016FrostyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Baby Wren and the Great Gift is absolutely beautiful, from the lyrical writing to the gorgeous illustrations. Have you ever looked at the people around you and noticed their amazing talent. Then wondered why you couldn't do what they could? Me too. And as much as I might enjoy listening to a talented pianist or seeing a mathematician solve a complicated problem, I get a bit discouraged. That's where we find Baby Wren. She's discouraged because all the creatures around her can do the most amazing things and she can't. Sally Lloyd-Jones' writing sings as she speaks through this sweet bird and travels with her on her journey of discovery. From page one, I was mesmerized by Jen Corace's illustrations. She knows where to add a perfect pop of color in the yellowness of the canyon. The pink sunset is breathtaking. While Baby Wren may be seeking her special gift, Lloyd-Jones and Corace have found theirs. I recommend this book to be read to pre-school through primary and read by intermediate age children. I also believe adults will enjoy this fabulous book as much as the kids. A must-have on the library's shelves. Five plus stars!