When I First Held You

A Lullaby from Israel

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

This vibrant picture book is a lyrical lullaby capturing the instant bond between children and parents at the moment of birth. Filled with evocative art, When I First Held You will become a “read to me” classic.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Text Type Fiction
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Features Awards and Reviewed


  • National Parenting Publications Gold Award (NAPPA), Winner, 2010


Kirkus Reviews

“This soothing, rhythmic lullaby from a prolific Israeli author celebrates the beauty, harmony and joy in the natural world as it welcomes a new baby. . . The unassuming and calming melodious text, fluidly translated by Shubow, will certainly encourage serenity and comfort at the end of each day.”
Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“Eleyor Snir’s vignettes of land, sea and sky have a strong decorative arts feel – there’s a soupçon of endearing visual detail in the animal families that appear (the pink fur of baby monkeys, the toothy grin of a whale pod) intermingled with curvilinear shapes and undulating motifs that convey the sense of the whole world being gently rocked.”
Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“. . .the lyrical text and relaxing pictures will make the book a welcome addition to the bedtime ritual for children of all backgrounds.”
School Library Journal

Author: Mirik Snir

Author Mirik Snir was born in Israel in 1948, during the Israeli War of Independence. A well-known Israeli author, she has published more than 100 children’s books. Mirik is a mother to nine children, a grandmother to ten, a writer-poet, and an elementary school and special education teacher.

Illustrator: Eleyor Snir

Illustrator Eleyor Snir is Mirik’s daughter, the fourth of nine children. A professional illustrator, her unique style is composed of naive and vivid illustrations. Born and raised in Israel, she now works from her home studio in British Columbia on book illustrations, stationery products, ketubot and wall art.