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Children’s Book Committee – January 2022 Pick

I Sang You Down From the Stars
Written by Tasha Spillett-Sumner
Illustrated by Michaela Goade

A mother welcomes her baby to the world with a bundle of sacred gifts in her Indigenous tradition. Back matter and watercolor illustrations. (also on 5-).

Our Young Reviewer Says:I sang you down stars thumbnail

“I liked the story because the mom is saying pretty things to the baby. If I were the baby, I would feel special because she is saying such nice things to me. I liked that the mom collected things (the feather, sage and cedar, blanket and stone) for the baby that looked so beautiful in the book. I liked the colors they used and the shapes. The colors (purples, pinks, blues, greens and yellows) and the shapes (stars) are my favorites.”

–Isabel, 6, New York, NY.

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