cover image Where Did You Come from, Baby Dear?

Where Did You Come from, Baby Dear?

George MacDonald, illus. by Jane Dyer. Random House, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-553-50919-9

Based on a classic paean from British author George MacDonald, this picture book celebrates the wonder of welcoming a child. The poem takes a lyrical q&a format: “Where did you get those eyes so blue?/ Out of the sky as I came through.” Dyer infuses her art with dusky light as babies of different ethnic backgrounds appear engaged in earthly activities—playing with blocks, in a garden, cozy in bed—while the poem evokes a spiritual and celestial tone: “Why that three-cornered smile of bliss?/ Three angels gave me at once a kiss.” Dyer depicts the babies soaring through “starry twinkles,” cradled on pillowlike clouds, and surrounded by angels. An exultant ode to newborns. Ages 3–7. (Aug.)