Cinnamon Baby by Nicola Winstanley, illustrated by Janice Nadeau.
I love this book.
I checked it out from the library after finding it recommended on PlanetEsme. And her review is worth a read. (That Esme's so eloquent.)
Cinnamon Baby is a gorgeous picture book (watercolor, graphite pencil & paper collage) about the beautiful baker Miriam. Every day, she bakes. She saves the cinnamon bread for last, always, because it is her favorite. She marries Sebastian, and they have a baby. A beautiful, wonderful, baby who will. not. stop. crying. Are there any parents out there who are relating?
Oh! I just love Miriam, Sebastian and that baby! They love each other so well.
The text is straightforward and romantic: "After that he bought a loaf of bread every day for a year. Then he asked Miriam if she would marry him, and she said yes." Sigh. Love it.
The pictures are intricate and enhance the story so well. Sebastian is a violinist, though you wouldn't know it from the text. Like Esme, I adored the scenes of Miriam walking the crying baby around town.
I can't lie. I choked up on the last line -- I was reading it aloud to my boys, the first time I read it -- but it was okay because it was the last line, so I didn't have to read after it. This may be my go-to book for baby showers from now on. (Though I still adore Marla Frazee's Walk On! for that purpose.)
Highly recommended, especially for parents.