- 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: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,836,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Most Important Gift Of All (Infant) Hardcover – Mar 15 2006
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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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A lovely rites of passage story told in a picture book about a young girl's search to find the most important gift of all accompanied by Karen Littlewood wonderful illustrations. Very highly recommended.
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"In a village that was perched on the edge of a great valley in Africa..." is where this girl lives. I guess her country has no name, or at least none that we the reader would ever have heard of. The celebratory dinner when the baby is born? Chapatis and mandazis, which would never be served together, as they are both breads, and wouldn't constitute a feast if served without accompaniment (meat, beans or vegetables would be nice).
In short, it would be a more compelling multicultural book if it had a bit more accuracy in its representation.
The watercolor illustrations are beautiful and dreamy. The main character is very excited for the birth of her little brother, and was not jealous when he was born, which conveyed a great message.
The concept, however, that love is the most important gift, seemed a little too abstract for my kids. The book is recommended for K-3rd grade, but I think that the higher level thinking skills required to fully grasp the author's intent are more suitable for 2nd-3rd grade, and not younger. While my girls enjoy looking at the pictures, they become distracted and bored when I try to read the text to them.