Written by renowned author and illustrator Maira Kalman, this small, beautiful book is based on the journal she kept during the first months she spent with her new granddaughter. The illustrations record the people and things they encountered while venturing to the seaside. Kalman makes the “ordinary” seem magical just by observing, and naming what she sees. It is a meditation on the wonders of being mindful of the things that often go unnoticed. The watercolor illustrations and handwritten text are in the unique style that has made Kalman a favorite for her New Yorker covers, as well as her many books. — Beth Byrne
Beloved artist Maira Kalman shows us that a darling baby is all you need to see everything with new eyes
Based on the journal she kept during the first months she spent with her new granddaughter, Maira Kalman brings to life the tiny and grand moments of one summer by the sea, brimming with beauty and love. Like the classics Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born and More, More, More Said the Baby, this book offers young children an irresistible window into a time when they were the center of their family's world. New parents and grandparents will delight in the exploration of how nothing makes an ordinary day more extraordinary than sharing it with a baby.
About the Author
Maira Kalman is a celebrated artist, designer, dancer, storyteller and the co-creator of Why We Broke Up, a Printz Honor award-winning title, and author of Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of John J. Harvey, and the illustrator of Kirsten Gillibrand's New York Times bestseller Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote.
Her accomplishments are vast: She has published many books for children and adults, performed her work as an opera and as a dance, she has designed fabric, makeup colors and theatre sets. She has a show upcoming at the Eric Carle Museum celebrating her work and is currently collaborating on a piece with Mikhail Baryshnikov. She currently lives in New York City.
"Kalman’s ebullient illustrations, delightful portraiture, and idiosyncratic phrasing imbue the quotidian with complex (sometimes mysterious) meaning and weight. "—Kirkus
"...intensely personal reflections and paintings alive in brilliant colors."—Publishers Weekly
"Kalman strings together elegant yet simple vignettes into an ebullient and sophisticated family album, and the result will resonate with readers young and old."—SLJ