Just Like You: Beautiful Babies Around the World - eBook  -     By: Marla Konrad
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ZonderKidz / 2010 / ePub

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On the day you were born, God wrapped his gentle arms around the whole world. What do a crackling fire, a tinkling rattle, and beaded necklaces have in common? They are gifts welcoming brand-new babies into the world-babies just like you. Global families form the centerpiece of this heartwarming story that reminds us of the universal bonds between loved ones. Discover celebrations of life from every continent, under the same sparkling stars, in this reassuring tribute to the all encompassing embrace of God's love.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9780310424017
ISBN-13: 9780310424017
UPC: 025986424015
Ages: 4-7

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On the day you were born, God wrapped his gentle arms around the whole world. What do a crackling fire, a tinkling rattle, and beaded necklaces have in common? They are gifts welcoming brand-new babies into the world—babies just like you. Global families form the centerpiece of this heartwarming story that reminds us of the universal bonds between loved ones. Discover celebrations of life from every continent, under the same sparkling stars, in this reassuring tribute to the all encompassing embrace of God’s love.

Author Bio

Marla Stewart Konrad is keenly interested in global issues and has a special concern for the well-being of children. Her career as a speechwriter and communications professional has taken her to numerous countries in Asia and Africa. She lives near Toronto, Canada, with her family, and is the author of several books for children. Lin Wang graduated from the prestigious Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China. Once a portrait painter, Lin now enjoys dedicating herself to children's book illustration. Several of her books have been published in many different countries and languages. Lin lives in California with her husband and children.

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The theme of Just Like You, a children's picture book targeted to 4 to 7-year-old readers by Marla Stewart Konrad, is that no matter where a baby is born, he is precious in God's sight and is a thing of wonder to his family. The same story is told several times, just switching cultures. In the opening story, an American baby is born and her mother counts her fingers and toes and whispers in her ear in loving fashion, followed by a visit from the grandparents, who bring a toy and snowsuit for the baby and a casserole for the new mommy. The second story profiles the birth of a Chinese baby, whose mother also counts his fingers and toes and whispers to him lovingly, followed by a visit from the baby's grandmother, who brings tea and rice cakes. Thus it continues with a Russian baby, Eskimo baby, Amazon forest baby, East Indian baby, et. al. The story concludes by saying that God and his angels watch over all babies in all countries in all families.

The artwork stresses gentle earth tones of brown, gold, tan, white, and black, with a few stark reds or purples as eye grabbers. The scenes reflect the various kinds of weather of the different regions, different styles of clothing, varieties of foods, and notable ways of celebrating the arrival of a new child into a family. Although no precise Bible verses are quoted or referenced, biblical qualities such as love of God, obedience to parents, and unity of family are stressed. This is a colorful book that should amuse and provide reassurance to youngsters. – Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Touching picture book
    August 4, 2013
    Heather Wawa
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Just Like You, Hardcover.
    This book was given to my son on his first Christmas. It touched me so and the pictures are so beautiful that it's now the gift that I give to all the new babies born in my circle of friends. Everyone loves it!
  2. Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 30, 2010
    JenniferB
    Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    This review was written for Just Like You, Hardcover.
    ust Like You is a strikingly beautiful picture book from Zondervan that celebrates the births of babies all around the world. Each baby is given a two-page spread that describes the arrival of the baby in a different culture and geographical location. The unique baby-welcoming traditions are shared, and the joy that new life brings into the world is clearly expressed.The gentle message that God loves babies everywhere and sees them as a precious gift is clearly conveyed. The child that is being read the story is also specifically celebrated and referenced through the many just like you statements throughout the book, and more specifically in the mother who is narrating the story thanking God for the blessing of her new child.This is definitely a book for mothers to read their beloved children, and Ill be honest its a bit of a tearjerker. I simply cant read about the joy and delights of babies being born without shedding a few tears. After reading the book through by myself first, I wasnt sure if my children would really enjoy it. But they did. Beautiful artwork of cute babies was enough to convince my three little girls that this was a book worthy of their attention. Illustrator Lin Wang has provided such lustrous, textured paintings of babies from around the world that the artwork alone is worth the asking price.Just Like You would make a wonderful gift for a new mother (and her baby), and also serves as a very gentle introduction to some of the similarities and differences of regions around the world in both their geography and culture.
  3. USA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    April 23, 2010
    TrenchMommy
    USA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    This review was written for Just Like You, Hardcover.
    Just Like You is a beautiful way to teach your children about how much you love them and about life around the world. This tender tale looks at how much your child was loved when he/she was born and how much other Mothers around the world - in places like Australia, China, South Africa, and Egypt - love their children, too. The illustrations are soft, comforting, and tenderly life-like. I enjoyed reading this book to my children and looking at the pictures of other lands and learning about the different ways other families care for their little ones. My children were intrigued by the various kinds of clothes and climates and were fascinated by the fact that on the same day they were born so was someone else in some other place. This is a lovely story to read to your children and while recommended for children 4 to 7 year of age, both younger and older children most likely will enjoy this storybook being read to them.* * * * *Thanks to Zondervan for the courtesy copy for review.
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