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eBook The Best Gifts download

by Halina Below,Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

eBook The Best Gifts download ISBN: 1550413910
Author: Halina Below,Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside; 1 edition (October 1, 1998)
Language: English
Pages: 28
ePub: 1777 kb
Fb2: 1228 kb
Rating: 4.6
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Category: Children's Books
Subcategory: Growing Up and Facts of Life

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The Best Gifts is the story of Sara and the important moments in her life. It starts with her birth and concludes when she welcomes her own baby.

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch Krystia's best friend Dolik isn't so sure

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch. In this companion book to the award-winning Stolen Child, a young girl is forced into slave labour in a munitions factory in Nazi Germany. In Stolen Child, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch introduced readers to Larissa, a victim of Hitler's largely unknown Lebensborn program. In this companion novel, readers will learn the fate of Lida, her sister, who was also kidnapped by the Germans and forced into slave labour - an Ostarbeiter. Krystia's best friend Dolik isn't so sure. His family is Jewish and there are rumours that the Nazis might be even more brutal than the Soviets.

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (born 1954) is a Ukrainian Canadian children's writer who lives in Brantford, Ontario. She received a BA in English and a Master of Library Science from the University of Western Ontario, and began writing fiction in 1992. Her first book, Silver Threads, was published in 1996. Marsha Skrypuch is the author of many books for children and young adults, especially focussing on novels about Armenian immigrants. Silver Threads – 1996. The Best Gifts – 1998.

The Best Gifts is undoubtably the best childrens book I have ever read. The beautiful watercolors depict a woman breastfeeding her child- a very refreshing change to the usual bottle fed infants shown in books. A wonderful book for those who want to clearly give their children the message that breast isn't just best- its normal! An exquisite presentation of the best gift's in life. Published by Thriftbooks.

Prodigious Canadian author Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch has built an admirable, award-winning reputation by writing about difficult subjects for . The Best Gifts": by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch,illustrated by Elly Mackay.

Prodigious Canadian author Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch has built an admirable, award-winning reputation by writing about difficult subjects for younger readers. Pajama Press) This is the dramatic true story recounted by Tuan Ho, who was six years old when he, his mother, and two sisters dodged the bullets of Vietnam’s military police for the perilous chance of boarding a boat to freedom. Adrift at Sea - by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (Hardcover).

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Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch. Marsha has received numerous awards and honours for her picture books and young adult novels, including a nomination for the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year in 2007.

Marsha Skrypuch is the author of many books for children and young adults, especially focussing on novels about Armenian immigrants. Silver Threads - 1996. The Best Gifts - 1998. YouTube Encyclopedic. Nobody's Child - 2003. Aram's Choice - 2006. Kobzar's Children: A Century of Untold Ukrainian Stories - 2006.

The Best Gifts is a gentle story for children introducing breastfeeding as a nurturing and natural part of family life.
Comments: (7)
Helldor
I think this book has a good message, but I don't think it is something that is of interest to small children. The illustrations are wonderful. In my opinion, this book is more for moms and dads than children.
Jaiarton
We meet baby Sara soon after her birth. Friends and family are visiting her parents and giving presents to the newborn baby. After they leave Sara's mother nurses the baby. We see tidbits of Sara's life as she grows into adulthood, her graduation from school, her wedding. Later when Sara gives birth to her baby boy, she is showered with gifts from friends and family. When alone with the baby, she nurses her newborn while Sara ponders that "the best gifts can never be bought".
I loved the theme that breastfeeding is one of the best gifts that a baby can receive. The book is written in a sweet style. The illustrations are pretty, in pastel tones.
It is difficult to find picture books for children that portray breastfeeding; this is a nice book to fit that niche. The two babies in the book are nursed as newborns, there is no mention of when they stopped; it does not address nursing to a certain age or anything. There are no bottles portrayed in this book.
My complaint is that the two nursing scenes occur when the mother is in a nightgown, which reinforces some people's opinion that nursing mothers must be in their nightgowns all the time in order to nurse or that they must always stay at home to nurse. Additionally the mother chooses to button her nightgown from the top down, exposing her chest..., which perpetuates another notion that in order to breastfeed the mother must completely expose herself. Please realize that nursing can be done with real clothes on, in a discreet manner that leaves the mother covered for both her own comfort and for the comfort of others. Nursing can be done at any time of the day and anywhere, in public or private, in a more discreet manner than is portrayed in this book. (See the cover illustration for an idea of how the nursing scene is illustrated throughout this book.)
Despite my issues I still rate this as 5 stars for the quality of the writing, the quality of the illustration, and the wonderful message that this book communicates.
Peles
"The Best Gifts" is a beautiful book in many ways. The illustrations promote breastfeeding and look like portraits. Simply breathtaking! The story is wonderful, and as a Mom, it brought tears to my eyes just thinking of life's progression from start to finish and back to start again.

I agree with the previous reviewer, christinemm, who writes "My complaint is that the two nursing scenes occur when the mother is in a nightgown . . . Additionally the mother chooses to button her nightgown from the top down, exposing her chest..., which perpetuates another notion that in order to breastfeed the mother must completely expose herself." Breastfeeding can be done with regular clothes on, in a discreet manner, at any time and anywhere. Although all books that show breastfeeding are an asset, this is an important point to consider. Studies show that formula companies who promote breastfeeding (who do so according to law), portray mothers using this same strategy.

These studies found that showing a lot of skin in a breastfeeding campaign may discourage mothers into bottle feeding for fear of embarrassment.

This book has a wonderful resource at the back that lists many ways a Mom can get breastfeeding support. Support is the key to a successful breastfeeding relationship and I think this was an excellent addition to the story. I do feel that four is a little low for the suggested reading level of "ages four to eight" because it is a very wordy book.

All in all - We LOVE this book. Even though my children are too young to read it from front to back, they love to look at the beautiful pictures. I feel this book would make "The Best Gift" for a school aged big sister or brother to be!
Joni_Dep
An exquisitely told and beautifully illustrated story that begins with Sara, enveloped in her parents' love, as she breastfeeds, and ends with Sara's son Sam, surrounded by the same love, as he drinks from his mother's breast. The lavender hues in the illustrations emphasize the light scent of lavender present throughout the story--the reader can almost smell this gentle scent that is symbolic of the depth and warmth of mother's milk and the warmth of the love that pervades the story. The author beautifully demonstrates that breastfeeding is a natural and precious part of life, not to be hidden in bathrooms and bedrooms. But there is more--Sara's life is followed from her birth to her fifth birthday, her graduation from school, her wedding, and the birth of her child. On each occasion family and friends gather to celebrate and bring gifts that are joyfully accepted. But, after these gifts are put away, the best gift is given--parental love that is deep and constant. This is a book for both children and parents. It makes a fine bedtime read-aloud. The brief bibliography of books for breastfeeding moms and the list of breastfeeding organizations adds to the value of the book for new and expectant mothers.
Nagor
This well-written and charming picture book is not just for kids--parents will love it too. "The Best Gifts" shows breastfeeding as a natural part of family life, but the story of Sara and her parents is about much more than breastfeeding. The reader follows Sara's life from infancy to adulthood via the significant milestones in her life--from coming home from the hospital to birthday parties, graduation, her own wedding, and finally the birth of Sara's son, Sam. Through each vignette, we learn that the best gifts in life are free.
"The Best Gifts" makes a lovely present for new mothers breastfeeding for the first time as well as for older siblings with a new baby in the house.
tref
Reading this book brought me to tears. It will be one that I will pass down to my daughter. Beautifully written and illustrated, will make every new mother want to breastfeed.
Blackstalker
What a heartwarming book. I love that it is breastfeeding friendly. Dare you to read through the whole thing without crying.