Before You Were Born by Deborah Kerbel

Reviewed by Taylor H (Library Staff)

Before You Were Born is a beautiful picture book written by Deborah Kerbel and illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo. In rich, poetic language, the book describes parents’ love and anticipation for their arriving baby: “You were…/A curve in the road, up ahead out of view,/A whispered secret that only we knew.” The writing feels almost magical as it wanders through the habitats of different animals, including birds, deer, and foxes.

The illustrations also feel magical. Done in clay and acrylic wash, they are just stunning. The details and colors are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen in a picture book. I find new things to look at each time I pick up the book. Both children and adults will enjoy taking their time through the pages.
I highly recommend this picture book. This is a story of love parents (or other adults) can share with their children. The rhyming text and detailed illustrations flow very well and will hold readers’ interest. This book would also make a great gift!

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E KERBEL)

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