Position:Home > Holidays & Celebrations > I Loved You Before You Were Born

I Loved You Before You Were Born

Press:Harpercollins Childrens Books HarperCollins (April 10, 2001)
Publication Date:2001-4
ISBN:9780060287207
Author Name:Bowen, Anne/ Shed, Greg (ILT)
Pages:32
Language:English

Content

“Just right for sharing on Grandma’s lap.” (Publishers Weekly)A loving grandmother eagerly awaits the arrival of her grandchild. 
She dreams of the baby's soft sighs, sweet smells, and tiny toes, and imagines the infant smiling, rolling over, and crawling for the first time.Finally, the baby arrives and Grandma is ready with a very special message: Even before you were born, I was your grandma and I loved you.With soft but realistic watercolor illustrations and sentimental and lyrical text, I Loved You Before You Were Born perfectly captures a grandmother’s feelings as she anticipates the birth of her grandchild.
 

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-This gentle story celebrates the love of a grandmother for  her new grandchild. 
The opening refrain, "Even before you were born," is repeated throughout the text, coupled with "I loved-," "I wondered-," "I imagined-." The sense of waiting and anticipation is almost tangible, and many of these hoped-for events (smiling at daddy, rolling over, sharing a book) come to fruition in the illustrations.
Shed's full-page images are set opposite warm, pastel text pages.
The realistic yet soft-edged paintings convey the loving intimacy of family, and perfectly complement the joyful text, which is sweet without being saccharine.
A perfect gift for a grandchild and lovely for sharing one-on-one.Robin L.
Gibson, Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Ages 3-5. 
A grandmother talks to her newborn grandchild, recalling her thoughts while she waited for the baby's birth, imagining the baby's "soft sighs and sweet smells" and first smile.
As she makes a flannel blanket, she wonders if her grandchild will carry it everywhere as the baby's father had carried his.
She thinks about reading to the baby, singing lullabies, and celebrating birthdays.
Finally, Baby arrives, and grandma's anticipation culminates in the final refrain, "I loved you even before you were born." This is a sweet one-on-one book for grandmothers and young grandchildren to share.
The handsome art, thick paint on textured paper, radiates warmth and love in uncluttered, true-to-life reflections of a new baby welcomed into a loving home.
Ellen MandelCopyright © American Library Association.
All rights reserved

From the Inside Flap

"Even before you were born, I was your grandma and I loved you".A loving grandmother eagerly awaits the arrival of her grandchild. 
She dreams of the baby's soft sighs, sweet smells, and tiny toes, and imagines the infant smiling, rolling over, and crawling for the first time.
Finally, the baby arrives and Grandma is ready with a very special message.Tender and touching, Anne Bowen's I LOVED YOU BEFORE YOU WERE BORN perfectly conveys the magical anticipation of birth and the joy a new child brings to a family.
Greg Shed's rich, luminescent paintings capture the love and wonder of this blessed event.

From the Back Cover

"Even before you were born, I was your grandma and I loved you." A loving grandmother eagerly awaits the arrival of her grandchild. 
She dreams of the baby's soft sighs, sweet smells, and tiny toes, and imagines the infant smiling, rolling over, and crawling for the first time.
Finally, the baby arrives and Grandma is ready with a very special message.Tender and touching, Anne Bowen's I Loved You Before You Were Born perfectly conveys the magical anticipation of birth and the Joy a new child brings to a family.
Greg Shed's rich, luminescent paintings capture the love and wonder of this blessed event.

About the Author

Anne Bower was inspired to write I Loved You Before You Were Born while she waited for and wondered about her first grandchild. 
She has been a teacher for twenty-five years, working with both hearingimpaired and hearing children, and was chosen as the 1996-1997 Utah Language Arts Teacher of the Year.
Ms.
Bowen is passionate about reading and enjoys sharing her love of literature and beautiful language with her students.
She has two sons and one granddaughter and lives with her husband in Ogden, Utah.Greg Shed has illustrated many books for children, including The Language of Doves by Rosemary Wells and Dandelions by Eve Bunting.
He lives in his hometown of San Diego, California.

Tags

Children's Books,Holidays & Celebrations,Non-religious,Growing Up & Facts of Life,Family Life,New Baby,Multigenerational

 PDF Download And Online Read: I Loved You Before You Were Born




Comment List (Total:17)

  •     The sentiment of the story is perfect for grandma on Mother's Day, after her first grandbaby is born. However, there are a couple of specifics about the story that you should be aware of before purchasing:1. The grandma who tells the story is the paternal grandmother of the baby. (Baby's dad's mom) I'm the baby's mother, so it wasn't perfect in that respect.2. The grandma in the book looks pretty old. My mom (baby's grandma) doesn't have white hair yet, and she doesn't wear cardigans over buttoned-up blouses, either. I don't think she loved thinking of herself as that image of the older grandma.3. The grandma in the story is still married to grandpa. This isn't always the case, so the grandma of your baby may not appreciate references to her husband in the story.Anyway, although the story and the sentiment are lovely, it's not as generic as it could be. I almost wish the author would write another version or two of the story.. it would be a good demographics experiment, to see which version sells the best.

  •     I bought this for my friend, who is a first-time grandmother. She loved the book and can't wait to read it to her new grandson.

  •     I love this book! I bought one for me to give my grandchild, and have bought others for grandparent gifts.

  •     This is written from the prospective of the mother of the daddy. Perfect in my situation.

  •     I love this book. I can't wait to read to my grandchildren. I just wish I could have found it 10 years ago when I first became a grandmother.

  •     I am the mother of six children (four boys and two girls) and the grandmother of 10 grands and not to mention the extended family which would bring the count well over 100. My son and his wife are expecting a little girl in September and as I read the book so many memories came over me. Yes I can remember when he was in my tummy and yes I remember how he would kick and roll...and yes it did bring tears to my eyes. I am very sentimental and this is why I gave the book five stars. I have thought about this baby wondering how she will look, if she will have a head full of hair like her daddy when he was born. I have soooo many thoughts running through my mind. Will she look like her daddy or mommy? Will she have his chin dimple? I can't wait to count all of her fingers and toes, see, hold, touch and smell her. Yes,I am your grandma and I love you. "I Love You Even Before You Were Born!" What a beautiful book. That is what I am going to tell her when she is placed into my arms and I hold her for the first time.I read what other grandmothers had to say and all I can ask...does it really matter? The book is about feelings a grandmother has towards her unborn grandchild wether it be boy or girl. I know they will love this child because it is a part of them. I know because that's what we as grandmother do best...love. I am counting the days until she is born I can't wait to see her!!

  •     Great book for grandmothers to be

  •     Very sweet.

  •     Love this book!!!

  •     Love the book - fast turn around on the order.

  •     In fact, I loved this book so much that I bought it two years ago and my first grandchild was only born last night. And, even though the sentiments expressed in this dear book are mine exactly, the picture of the 'grandmother' on the cover looks more like a 'great-grandmother!' This is my only criticism of the book. So, when I inscribe the book (which I believe all books should be), I shall tell my son's lovely little girl that I really look a lot younger.This book is a love letter from a grandmother to her grandchild. Fortunately, the gender is not revealed so it's perfect for a girl or a boy. The grandmother is telling her grandchild that she thought about her (I'll say her since we have a girl), dreamed about her, wondered about her. She tries to imagine how this precious baby looks, and even visualizes her crawling, sleeping, and seeing her first Christmas tree.The sweet last words of this book with the lovely pictures are, "When it was my turn, I held you close and rocked you and whispered, "I am your grandma and I love you." I LOVED YOU EVEN BEFORE YOU WERE BORN!" I can't wait to read this to my new granddaughter~~only she'll call me "Mormor"! I wish my Swedish grandparents and mother were here to see this precious gift.

  •     Different read...sent back...I don't feel like I could recommend. Amazon A+++++++ customer service

  •     As stated in many of the previous reviews, this book is written from the point-of-view of the paternal grandmother. This happened to work out for my family, but if it hadn't, I probably would have been very disappointed. This is the only reason that I didn't give the book five stars. Also, the grandmother portrayed in the book is quite old. My mother would be very insulted to receive this book, however my mother-in-law is less likely to find it offensive.Aside from that, the book is beautifully written and illustrated. It brought tears to my eyes because it's such a heartfelt portrayal of a grandmother eagerly anticipating the arrival of her grandchild. I bought the book to give to my husband's mother for Mother's Day. I know she will enjoy reading it to our children and will relate to the sentimentality. I would love to find a similar book from a mother's point-of-view for myself!

  •     I LOVE this book. Though my granddaughter hasn't been born, I can't wait to read it to her. Like others, I wish that the cover art protrayed a grandmother and not a great-granmother, but I understand that gray hair helps to add age to a person. My hair just isn't gray yet and I don't know many women in their 50s who have a head-full of gray hair. The book is written from the perspective of a paternal grandmother. I definitely wouldn't be this excited about the book if it was written from the maternal grandmother perspective.

  •     Purchased this book for my first grandson before he was born! I absolutely LOVE the way it reads and it says exactly how I feel!! I did go through and change a few words! Lol My grandson was born to my daughter not my son so I changed where it said "when your daddy was in my tummy" to "mommy" in my tummy. (All daddy to mommy). Also my grands call me Nanna so I changed grandma to Nanna! Lol I did this with paper that matched the color of each page so that it wouldn't ruin the book.This book is amazing!!

  •     I bought this for my sister who got pregnant when our mother had lung cancer. We were hoping our mom would make it until her new grandchild was born but just in case we had Mom sign the book while she was still able to. I believe it is the dad's mother who is "telling" it but we just switched gender references. Our mother passed away before she could see her new grandson but this book is a great way to keep her memory alive. Very hard for my sister to read it to her son without crying though.

  •     one of my fav books to give to grands

 

Children's Books Book PDF @ 2018