First Laugh — Welcome, Baby!

First Laugh — Welcome, Baby!

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Coming July 10, 2018. Preorder now!

By: Rose Ann Tahe and Nancy Bo Flood / Illustrated by: Jonathan Nelson

The First Laugh Ceremony is a celebration held to welcome a new member of the community.

As everyone—from Baby's nima (mom) to nadi (big sister) to cheii (grandfather)—tries to elicit the joyous sound from Baby, readers are introduced to details about Navajo life and the Navajo names for family members. Back matter includes information about other cultural ceremonies that welcome new babies and children, including man yue celebration (China), sanskaras (Hindu) and aquiqa (Muslim).

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Rose Ann Tahe, author

Rose Ann Tahe was born into the Naaneesh't'ezhi Tachii'nii nish'li (The Charcoal Streaked Division of the Red Running Into the Water Clan), born for Ashiihi bashish'chiin (Salt People Clan). Rose held a doctoral degree in elementary education leadership and a master's degree in elementary education. Rose died in 2015, and her son and three daughters support this posthumous publication.

Nancy Bo Flood, author

Nancy Bo Flood was a research psychologist and studied brain development at the University of Minnesota and the University of London before writing books for children. She has a special interest in legends and folklore. Her titles include Soldier Sister, Fly Home; Warriors in the Crossfire; and Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo.

Jonathan Nelson, illustrator

Johnny Nelson is a Navajo graphic designer, graphic artist, and illustrator. He is Kiiyaa'áanii (Towering House Clan) and Naakai Dine'é (Mexican Clan). Johnny designs and creates art and illustrations with paints, pixels, and ballpoint pens. This is his first picture book.

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ISBN: 978-1-58089-794-5

ISBN: 978-1-63289-619-3 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-63289-620-9 PDF
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Ages: 2-5
Page count: 32
91/2 x 81/2

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