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Most Important Gift Of All (Infant) Hardcover – Mar 15 2006

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Strong Is the New Pretty

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Brighter Child (March 15 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0769646182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0769646183
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.1 x 28.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,836,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3 Ama is searching for the perfect gift to welcome her young brother into the world. When Grandma Sisi advises her to give him love the most important gift of all the child goes on a quest, asking the animals she meets if they know where to find it. Ama becomes lost and is later found by her father who has searched all night for her. Their reunion is joyous and the village celebrates both Ama's return and her brother's arrival. The little girl finally understands the meaning of love. Littlewood's exquisite illustrations evoke the vast beauty and simmering daytime heat of Kenya, full of energy and movement, while the cooler nights are purple and peaceful in striking contrast. The layout is outstanding, with single pages and full spreads that have varying perspectives. One stunning spread has three horizontal panels extending over two pages, creating a sense of overlapping activities. This lovely book would be an excellent introduction to a discussion of other cultures or the birth of a sibling. Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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PreS-K. Ama is excited when her baby brother is born, and like all the people of her Kenyan village, she wants to bring him a gift. Because Grandma tells her that love is the most important gift of all, the small girl goes in search of it. In familiar folktale style, she asks the creatures she meets for help, but the weaverbird, the giraffe, and the wise lion can't help her. Then she becomes lost in the night. She shelters under a baobab tree, and, in the morning light, she find love in a surprising way--when Papa comes for her and carries her home on his shoulders. The beautiful blend of the traditional storytelling pattern and contemporary realism is expressed in Littlewood's double-page spreads. In pencil, watercolor, and gouache, the pictures show the child close-up with the large animals against the glowing savannah landscape, and then safe at home with her loving family, celebrating the new baby and the lost child found. Hazel Rochman
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March 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 starsLove this book
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3.0 out of 5 starsGreat depiction of sibling love; cultural context muddled
September 28, 2007 - Published on
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Karen G.
3.0 out of 5 starsSweet story, but not for toddlers/preschoolers
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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat book for all ages!
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