As moms, we all know how inquisitive our little ones can become. From why is the sky blue to where do babies come from, our children want to know it all.
Beautifully written and illustrated, Before You Arrived charts the journey and thoughts of an expectant mom through nine, loving months of pregnancy. Perfect for any preschooler! read more
Before You Arrived is a great 24-page family bedtime story for children ages 4 to 7. Parents of younger children will enjoy watching the excitement expressed on their child's face as they substitute his/her name for the word you in the title. Early readers will enjoy the rhythmic pace and lyrical repetition of the text which contributes to building their confidence as they read. The book's lavish and elaborate images of African American characters are drawings adapted from Lance Lucass own personal collection of family photos and are interpreted by illustrator, Tracy McCutchion. read more
Bernadette Lucas -- Elementary Education Administrator
“It's that notion of children knowing that they were loved before they even got here. As an educator I know it's every important for children to know that they are loved and wanted and it validates their existence and lends itself to their confidence and their ability to take risks and learn because they know that they have a safety net.”
“…An outstanding wonderful depiction pictorially and through text. It's very child-friendly. I've read it over and over to my two young children and recommend it highly. They love the pictures. For them it brings home what is kind of like make-believe – ‘you actually knew I was there and thought about it and loved me for being there.' Going through another pregnancy with his baby sister and seeing my stomach grow (Felton) came to understand it better.
“Before You Arrived “has made it on to Stella's nightly reading list. For the past two weeks, she has requested that I read it to her (out of probably 50 books that she has). In my mind, that is the best evidence that it is a good book.”
“Usually (Ryan) wants to read two books a night when he goes to bed but the night I read BeforeYou Arrived he wanted to read (the) book twice. I think he likes the book because you see a reflection of yourself in the book and people of color and parents of color. You go back to the time when you were expecting and you see the reflection of their life and their characters and it answers the curiosity of kids who are wondering what it was like before they were born.”
Moraima A. Ivory -- Real Estate Developer
“I think that the book is a great way to explain to a child when someone is pregnant in a way that isn't scary. It takes away all fear that is usually associated with pregnancy in a child's eye. My seven-year-old daughter loved it.”
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