Kirkus Reviews - January 15, 2009
"A new baby is welcomed by the entire family as Mami recounts everything that happened in preparation for and anticipation
of the little one's arrival. Hermano wished for a beísbol partner while hermana drew a picture of la familia. Abuelo planted a
new tree; Abuela painted a tropical jungle in the baby's bedroom with jirafas, elefantes and tigres. Mami ate well and felt tiny
little pies (feet) flutter in her barriguita (tummy). A gentle and lovingly blended text provides a fluid telling with
important and basic Spanish vocabulary woven into the English, from animal and body part names to numbers and colors. Vamos's
easily interpreted story is matched by Cohen's black-outlined folk-art-style drawings in bright primary hues; they depict an
extended Latino family, all involved in the joy of the pregnancy and birth. This Spanish-flavored introduction, with its
universal message of love for new babies and siblings, will become a favorite among growing bilingual families."
Kirkus Reviews article used with permission of Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
Illustration from Before You Were Here, Mi Amor