Love Your Forever meets On the Night You Were Born in this heartwarming picture book about a mother's love for her child.
The special bond between a mother and her child begins well before the baby is born. But once the baby is born and starts to grow into her own person, traits from both parents begin to show themselves in delightful and humorous ways. When I Carried You in My Belly is a mother's song to her growing daughter, capturing the warmth and magic of the time when her daughter was housed inside her belly. The girl's laugh, her love of music, her sweet disposition, and her carefree attitude can all be traced back to her time in her mother's tummy, when her mother would laugh, sing songs, eat yummy treats, and dance the day away.
Thrity Umrigar's lyrical and playful text are well complemented by Ziyue Chen's soft and delightful illustrations, and together they create a sentimental and insightful book about the special bond between parents and children. With a similar tone to On the Night You Were Born and the spirit of I Loved You Before You Were Born, When I Carried You in My Belly is primed to become a new timeless classic.
In her first picture book, adult author Umrigar suggests that a mother's gifts to her child go far beyond genetics. Alternating between scenes of the pregnant mother and her young daughter, Chen's images exude warmth and intimacy while helping to establish the book's cause-and-effect structure: "When I carried you in my belly,/ Grandpa baked a chocolate cake each week.... And that is why you became... the sweetest girl that I know." Umrigar's story celebrates a mother's love, her daughter's individuality, and the contributions of extended family. Ages 4 8. Author's agent: Daniel Greenberg, Levine Greenberg Rostan. Illustrator's agent: Mela Bolinao, MB Artists.