One day there may be a second - Or a third - To sleep in the basket with the yellow ribbon wound round But you will always be the first.
This sweetly sentimental picture book helps parents remind firstborn children that they will always be cherished (even if, and when, a new baby arrives). That child will always have been the first to crawl, the first to sing, the first to light up mom and dad's eyes with wonder and joy.
Children love to hear stories about what they were like when they were born. But this is also a perfect answer when welcoming a new baby, offering older siblings tender reassurance that they will always be treasured. For families with only one child, the book celebrates why that one and only is so precious.
Renowned author Patricia Maclachlan, who won a Newbery Medal for Sarah, Plain and Tall, weaves a beautiful story that is both comforting for children and sweetly reminiscent for parents and grandparents. Drawing inspiration from walks through her own neighborhood in Brooklyn, Stephanie Graegin offers illustrations that are refreshingly modern and timeless for families of all kinds.
Praise for Who Loves Me?
"MacLachlan's cozy, comforting dialogue meanders like a song. A warm and lyrical selection."
Praise for Painting the Wind
"The prose flows with the relaxed rhythms of summer. Evocative descriptions bring life and individuality to each artist."
Patricia Maclachlan is the author of many beloved children's books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, which won the Newbery Medal in 1986, several other bestselling books in the Sarah series, and picture books including All the Places to Love, What You Know First, Your Moon, My Moon, and Before You Came, co-authored with her daughter. A board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, she lives with her husband in Massachusetts. They have five grandchildren-all of whom are firsts in her heart.
Stephanie Graegin is the illustrator of Don't Feed the Baby, Water in the Park, Happy Birthday, Bunny! and several other books. She studied fine arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and went on to attend the Pratt Institute, where she received a master of fine arts in printmaking. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit her online at www.graegin.com.