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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
When I Was Born
by Isabel Minhos Martins
Age Range: Under_5
When I Was Born is an exploration of how young children discover the world for the first time. All the senses – breathing, seeing, hearing, tasting and touch – are encountered and brought to life by the poetic text with its simple and engaging language.
'When I was born I had never seen the sun or a flower or a face...'
‘But one thing is certain. Each day I discovered something new.
And that is the most wonderful thing of all!’
The striking, bold colourful illustrations by award-winning illustrator Madalena Matoso in rich reds, yellows, greens, browns and pinks on an alternative white or black background make this a visually appealing book. The layout also uses colour to emphasize the text – sometimes white on black or black on white, or the text becomes part of the image. When I Was Born is ideal for reading aloud and will open young eyes and minds to the richness and delights of life.