The Gift by Carlos  M ValverdeThe Gift by Carlos  M Valverde

The Gift

byCarlos M Valverde

Hardcover | December 1, 2015

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The Gift is a children’s book that tells the story of a child asking his or her parents the question that many parents get from their children: “Mom, dad, how did I come to be?” As readers turn the pages of the book, a family from different ethnicity explains to their little one the story of how the child came to be part of their family. In other parts of the book, there are no people in the illustrations, but the beautiful colors and details of the scenery makes it easy for parents and children to identify that part of the world. The book develops as parents answer the curiosity of their child trying to find out how they came to exist? The question is answered in a loving way and from a religious point of view as parents explain to the child that she or he is a gift from God to them. The intention of the book is to start a conversation between parents and children about the fact that the child is a gift to the parent and therefore treasured as member of the family. The book leaves space for writing in the child’s name and birthdate as part of the story so it feels like the story was written specifically for that child. Also, it is safe to say that regardless of the language, race, or even religious belief of a person, the feeling of love and care that parents have for their children is universally understood. There are seven children on the front cover of the book that represent cultures or ethnicities from around the world. They also represent feelings or emotions that parents experience when a child is born like trust, courage, love, joy, patience, kindness and faith. This book is available in hard cover, soft cover and e-book, and also in Spanish with the title “El Regalo.”

Carlos M. Valverde was born in a small farming town called El Sauce, Nicaragua. At the age of 13 his family moved to the United States and settled in Big Spring, Texas. After high school, he obtained an associate's degree from a local college and then joined the US Navy. While serving in the Navy he received his Bachelor's degree an...
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Title:The GiftFormat:HardcoverDimensions:30 pages, 8.5 × 8.5 × 0.25 inPublished:December 1, 2015Publisher:Golden Seed BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1943718024

ISBN - 13:9781943718023

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Children learn how God gives parents babies in Valverde's (The Grumpy Frog, 2013, etc.) picture book.Youngsters wondering how they came into this world will get an answer in this short work. First, Mommy and Daddy ask God for a baby, says the narrator; then, when they are sleeping, God takes a little piece of each of their hearts and fuses them together in heaven to make a baby. After choosing physical features and personality traits, God wraps the baby up into a tiny, unique package that he puts inside Mommy's belly. When the baby is born, the narrator says, parents have a gift from God, "a little angel from heaven." Valverde offers mesmerizing, colorful full-page illustrations that depict a somewhat diverse array of families (although each has both a mother and a father): they wear jeans, headscarves, or kimonos, and they reside in grass-roof huts, igloos, or pastoral farms. One speaks Spanish, another has a menorah on its table. Meanwhile, a fair-skinned, glowing God creates babies in a star-filled universe. Each illustration features quaint details, such as ducklings in a pond, cherry blossom trees, a pair of slumbering huskies, or a pretty, decorated birthday cake. Clear, simple first-person language accompanies these images, and together they reveal a message that toddlers will understand easily: they are all special gifts from God that make their parents very happy. The author includes three blank spaces that parents may fill in to personalize the tale with such information as how long Mommy was pregnant, the child's birthday, and his or her name. Although the book contains no explicit details about the reproductive process, parents may appreciate the symbolism of lines such as, "God put the two pieces of their hearts together and used them to make me," which are certainly more eloquent than the old stork myth.A sweet, beautifully illustrated story for families. -Kirkus Review