Before You Came

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HarperCollins, Feb 8, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
39 Reviews

Before you came . . .

This gentle, wonder-filled celebration is the perfect book for parents, children, and all those who have discovered the joy of sharing their world with someone new.

Luminous artwork by Caldecott Medalist David Diaz brings vibrant life to this lyrical reflection by the mother-daughter writing team of Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest.

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Loved the illustrations. - Goodreads
It is worth the read just to look at the pictures. - Goodreads
The illustrations are very unique and eye-catching. - Goodreads
Beautiful, beautiful illustrations. - Goodreads
Beautiful illustrations. - Goodreads
The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous! - Goodreads

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User Review  - ksager - LibraryThing

Before You Came is the story a mother is telling her child of what her life was like, and all that she had, before she gave birth. By the end of the story, the mother's life is complete, because now ... Read full review

Review: Before You Came

User Review  - Jane - Goodreads

This is a sweet book about what life was like before a baby came for the parents. It has a dreamy, ethereal feel. "Before you came, I had birds at my feeders - cardinals and finches and nuthatches ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless books for young readers, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal. Her novels for young readers include Arthur, For the Very First Time; The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt; Skylark; Caleb’s Story; More Perfect than the Moon; Grandfather’s Dance; and Word After Word After Word. She is also the author of many much-loved picture books, including Three Names; All the Places to Love; What You Know First; Painting the Wind; Bittle; Who Loves Me?; Once I Ate a Pie; I Didn't Do It; and Before You Came, several of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily. She lives with her husband and two border terriers in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.

Emily MacLachlan Charest lives with her husband, her children, Sofia and Nicholas, two dogs, and one oversized cat, Romeo, who thinks he's a dog. She works with young children. She is the coauthor of Bittle, Painting the Wind, Once I Ate a Pie, and other books. She lives in Massachusetts.

David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including smoky night by Eve Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal; The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and Me, Frida by Amy Novesky, a Pura Belpré Honor Award winner. Mr. Diaz lives in Southern California.

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