Welcome to Your World really appeals to me in my status as a first-time Granny. It is a hymn to the earth as well as a welcome to a new arrival.
Smriti Halls, author of the much loved Rain Before Rainbows, has provided a beautiful, gentle rhyming text that has a steady beat like a mother’s heartbeat. Kim’s illustrations are lush and colourful and depict the amazing beauty of our earth. It is the light in these illustrations that I find so beautiful.
Whether we are located underwater, in the jungle, soaring in the sky, in the cold Arctic, on the savannah, floating on a moonlit lake, or in our own backyard, the illustrations highlight sympathetically and sensitively, the endless variety of flora and fauna on our planet.
But there is so much more here – we also witness the love between mothers and their babies. We can see the dependence and vulnerability of the young, as well as the care and attention of the mothers. And without hitting us over the head with its ecological message we are reminded that the earth is our responsibility: ‘Welcome to your world, it loves you through and through. Welcome to your world … will you love it too?’
I recommend this book as a gift for all new parents. It will also be a valuable teaching resource in early years and would sit nicely alongside Chitra Sounder’s titles with a similar theme of maternal protection and connection with nature: You’re Safe With Me, You’re Snug with Me and You’re Strong with Me.
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