First Laugh: Welcome, Baby!

First Laugh--Welcome, Baby! by Rose Tahe and Nancy Bo Flood

First Laugh: Welcome, Baby!

Illustrated by Jonathan Nelson
  • Hardcover
  • Charlesbridge Publishing (2018)
  • SKU: 9781580897945
Regular price $16.99

In Navajo families, the first person to make a new baby laugh hosts the child's First Laugh Ceremony. Who will earn the honor in this story?

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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