The beautiful cover is embossed with shining gold and blue detail, which invites the reader to take time and explore the world inside.
Told in simple rhyme, the story follows and bear mother and her cub taking joy in each other’s company as they enjoy simplest things in life – building sandcastles, hunting for treasure in the grass, walking along the shore – all part of the wonder of a child exploring its world.
It’s as much about the delight a parent takes in sharing this incredible journey, seeing the world through the new eyes of a small person, as it is about the child.
The illustrations are simple and clear, with interesting detail for a child to look at. The mother and her small bear cub amble through beautiful landscapes – the seashore, the forest, a lake, taking their time to look, to feel, to listen, to lie back and enjoy.
It also touches on how intimidating this can be for a parent, as she admits to the baby that she will make mistakes along the way.
This is a quiet story to savour and to enjoy the detail.Title: Welcome Baby to this World
Author/ Illustrator: Jess Racklyeft
Publisher: Affirm, $19.99
Publication Date: 8 September, 2020
For ages: 3 – 5
Type: Picture Book