Samantha Vamos

Book Reviews

Bird from Before You Were Here, Mi Amor, a children's picture book with Spanish vocabulary
Illustration from Before You Were Here, Mi Amor

The Well-Read Child - May 6, 2009
"In this heartwarming book by Samantha R. Vamos, a mother tells her child how the entire familia prepared for the child's birth. Papi built a rocking chair, abuela painted animals on the child's nursery walls, abuelo planted a tree, and even the family dog participated.

This book is fabulous on so many levels. First, the tender story is something that many families can relate to, and it could inspire parents to tell their children their own personal stories.

Next, it's a perfect book for English- and Spanish-speaking bilingual families. Spanish words are woven throughout the narrative. But even if you don't know Spanish, don't let it deter you from checking out the book. Santiago Cohen's richly colored and detailed illustrations provide context. Plus a glossary in the back lists all of the Spanish words and their English equivalents that are included in the book.

Finally, the story's message is beautiful: an entire family is excited about the arrival of a new child and welcomes the child into the world with anticipation, love, and open arms.

This would also make a great shower gift and a gift for families to share and cherish."

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