Midwest Book Review
"Dreamlike illustrations by Federico Rivarola capture the heart and awaken the soul of children ages 5-6 in this inspiring and original picture book by author Carmel Stoesz.
"My BIG Book of Beginnings!" is an exploration of wonder and insight, connection and love in an empowering and holistic approach, while also invoking the principles of conscious parenting, positive parenting, Montessori & Waldorf schools as well as family home schooling curriculums. While very highly recommended, especially for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "My BIG Book of Beginnings!" is also available in a digital book format." ~MBR
"Paintings of a white child and a host of friendly animals set the stage for a welcome-to-the-world poem in this debut picture book.
Beginning with imagining that a baby journeys “from beyond the last star” to be born, this volume, dominated by oversized images with only one stanza on every two-page spread, makes the event a thing of legend. The infant’s smile ignites the Northern Lights. But the poem also offers readers a chance to tell their own stories, asking them to wonder how they began. ..... the paintings by debut illustrator Rivarola are gorgeous. While the images fail to portray a diverse cast, kids should love the idea of riding on a giraffe’s head to see the world or playing on a swing made of starlight.
Adults may relish reading this tale aloud while their lap readers enjoy the beautiful illustrations." ~ Kirkus