Born

Born

Written by: Sobol, John
Illustrated by: Derby, Cindy
ages 3 to 7 / grades P to 2

A lyrical, beautifully illustrated poem about a baby’s birth.

In this lyrical poem, author John Sobol brings us his imagined vision of a universal experience, that of being born. As she is born, the baby in this story goes through a time of intense movement and change before she takes her first breath and cries. Warm hands wrap her in a blanket, and she is held in loving arms. She has arrived!

Sobol captures the mystery and wonder of the birth experience in this deeply sympathetic tale. Reading this book together will enable children and their parents to celebrate the joy and emotional power of that remarkable moment.

Cindy Derby’s soft, gentle illustrations beautifully complement the poem.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

A lyrical, beautifully illustrated poem about a baby’s birth.

In this lyrical poem, author John Sobol brings us his imagined vision of a universal experience, that of being born. As she is born, the baby in this story goes through a time of intense movement and change before she takes her first breath and cries. Warm hands wrap her in a blanket, and she is held in loving arms. She has arrived!

Sobol captures the mystery and wonder of the birth experience in this deeply sympathetic tale. Reading this book together will enable children and their parents to celebrate the joy and emotional power of that remarkable moment.

Cindy Derby’s soft, gentle illustrations beautifully complement the poem.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — May 1, 2020
Specifications 24 pages | 9.25 in x 9.25 in
Written By

JOHN SOBOL is an author, musician and poet who has performed at festivals and clubs in a dozen countries. His first picture book, Friend or Foe (illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova), was described in Brain Pickings as “a charming modern-day fable.” He has toured an acclaimed one-man show called Two Million Years of Technology, and he has written many popular TV shows for children, including Pippi Longstocking and Under the Umbrella Tree. John is a father and a feminist. He lives in Ottawa.

Illustrated by

CINDY DERBY is an author, illustrator and puppeteer. She has been a Grand Prize Winner of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Portfolio Award, and she has also been commissioned to create two original puppetry performances for festivals in the US and Scotland. Cindy has illustrated several picture books, including Climbing Shadows: Poems for Children (by Shannon Bramer), praised in Publishers Weekly for its “dreamlike paintings,” and she has written and illustrated How to Walk an Ant. She lives in San Francisco.

Audience ages 3 to 7 / grades P to 2
Reading Levels Guided Reading N
Fountas & Pinnel Text Level N
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7

Praise forauthor John Sobol and illustrator Cindy Derby for Born:

“Poetic text and evocative images infused with love and warmth welcome a new baby.” — Kirkus Reviews

“[A] meditative ode to childbirth.” — Publishers Weekly

“[T]he combination of Sobol’s words and Derby’s illustrations together make a thoroughly captivating story.” — CM Review of Materials

“Suffused with warmth and joy … will likely be shared with fascinated young readers time and time again.” — Shelf Awareness

Praise forauthor John Sobol and illustrator Dasha Tolstikova for Friend or Foe?:

 “A quiet, thoughtful narrative for all readers who like to wonder.” — Kirkus Reviews

“The story is stark and ambiguous … It’s this understatedness that lets the book’s sly humour land.” — Globe and Mail

“A solid addition for most libraries; hand this one to fans of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s Sam and Dave Dig a Hole.” — School Library Journal

“A charming modern-day fable, without a simplistic moral, about what makes for and what undoes the sense of otherness.” — Brain Pickings

Praise for author Shannon Bramer and illustrator Cindy Derby for Climbing Shadows:

“[A] stunning book of poems for children …. Bramer’s evocative words are made even more memorable by the watercolours of San Francisco’s Cindy Derby….” — Postmedia

“Bramer’s poems … explore an evocative range of emotional states, metaphors, and ideas. Understated, dreamlike paintings with offsetting white space accompany the poems…. The works carry notes of wistfulness and wonder, astute observations, and poignant reflections on one’s place in the world.” — Publishers Weekly

“Cindy Derby is having a bit of a banner year here in the States….Here, Derby’s art sort of looks like the lovechild of Stephen Gammell and Matt James. That spidery, delicate art all awash in evocative watercolors that feel like something out of the world’s nicest fever dream.” — A Fuse #8 Production

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