First Laugh--Welcome, Baby!

by Rose Ann Tahe

Other authorsNancy Bo Flood (Author), Jonathan Nelson (Author)
Hardcover, 2018



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).

This item was purchased with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Oregon. Institute of Museum and Library Services:


Charlesbridge (2018), Edition: Illustrated, 32 pages


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1580897940 / 9781580897945

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32 p.; 9.88 inches


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