When I Carried You in My Belly by Thrity Umrigar, Illustrated by Ziyue Chen
When I Carried You in My Belly is one of those books that should have been written years ago because you’re instantly carried back in time to when you were a little one in your mama’s arms and feel like the book was written just for you.
“When I carried you in my belly,
we danced every dance together:
the rumba and the samba,
the tango and the fandango
And that is why your feet…
Tap in rhythm to the earth today”
Aren’t those words precious? The whole book is a love song. It’s also an affirmation to girls that they are loved and that they are capable of doing anything. And that’s a fact that many, too many girls outside of the US don’t know. The book shows people of color and families participating in activities that aren’t stereotypically gender specific. Like the grandfather bakes, the grandmother builds the baby’s crib. The family bellydances, and eats noodles and represents so many great things about non traditional families.
So much good going on in this book!