31 Uses For A Mom

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Moms are great at so many things! Mom is the one you go to if you need a knee patched or an elbow bandaged, if you want to hear the best story or eat the best cookies. Telling time is her forte, and surely her resume includes titles like Party Planner, Doctor, Pitcher, Catcher, and Chauffeur. But what is Mom the greatest at? Being a friend.

Once again, Harriet Ziefert and Rebecca Doughty team up to give us a simple, quirky, and sincere look at...

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Overview


Moms are great at so many things! Mom is the one you go to if you need a knee patched or an elbow bandaged, if you want to hear the best story or eat the best cookies. Telling time is her forte, and surely her resume includes titles like Party Planner, Doctor, Pitcher, Catcher, and Chauffeur. But what is Mom the greatest at? Being a friend.

Once again, Harriet Ziefert and Rebecca Doughty team up to give us a simple, quirky, and sincere look at how children view the world, this time singing the praises of mothers everywhere.

Illustrated by Rebecca Doughty.

Humorous drawings show some different ways in which moms serve their children,

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Publishers Weekly
Harriet Ziefert enumerates all the things that make moms great in 31 Uses for a Mom, illus. by Rebecca Doughty, a companion to 39 Uses for a Friend. "Clock" leads the list, and Doughty depicts a hands-on-hips mother standing at the open door as the school bus pulls up outside. Other uses include chauffeur, hairstylist and last, but not least, friend. Doughty's scribbly black-line drawings with a watercolor wash exude a playful, childlike charm. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Mothers serve in many roles each day. Thirty-one single words or simple phrases have been selected and given a simple cartoon-style drawing to illustrate its meaning. For example, #1 (clock) shows a mother standing at the open door and a child heading out to the waiting school bus. She is also #10 (encyclopedia), #15 (fixer-upper) and finally #31 (friend). All moms will smile at this list, and children may even develop a better appreciation of how mothers help them all day long. In a classroom, a teacher could have each student select one and write how his or her mother fits that descriptor. The humorous illustrations extend the age range for the book. The skinny arms and legs and slightly curved lines that create the mouths seem just right here. Mothers and their children will enjoy sharing this together. 2003, GP Putnam's Sons,
— Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A variation on the theme of the author and illustrator's 39 Uses for a Friend (Putnam, 2001), this title free-associates about the multifaceted utility of mothers. This book presents an engaging multicultural cast of maternal units and their offspring going about their daily activities with warmth and good humor. The cartoon, ink-outlined characters are presented on pages featuring lots of white space. The winsome quality of the color illustrations greatly amplifies what would otherwise amount to just a list, albeit amusing, of maternal roles ("3. hairstylist-. 12. beach chair-"). Although this is not a necessary purchase, it is good fun and makes an especially nice companion to the first book.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The team that listed 39 Uses for a Friend (not reviewed) finds fewer uses for mothers, but at least as inventive ones. The text consists entirely of one- or two-word numbered descriptors of mom activities, and the waggish pictures illustrate these with verve and humor. The range, which all moms and mom-like products will recognize, include "chauffeur," "hairstylist," "personal shopper," and "answering service." The pictures, created in "Flashe paint and ink on bristol board," feature sturdy figures with spindly arms, round heads, inventively patterned clothing, and squiggly facial features on a white background. This allows the illustrator free reign: when a Mom is #10, "encyclopedia," she lectures to her son with a butterfly alight on her finger and a broad-brimmed hat on her head, a few flowers suggesting the outdoors. Mom as #27, "bank," has a mouth pressed into a straight and long-suffering line; Mom as #29, "hand holder," sports a long braid, a polka-dot hat, and an accomplished air as she and daughter view their snowman. Perhaps a favorite is #12, "beach chair," where Mom under an umbrella reads her magazine while her kid is neatly pillowed, stretched out on her lap and torso. Doughty's minimal art allows for moms and offspring of many colors and hairstyles, including a suggestion of parents who may not always be the same hue as their children: Mom as pitcher, catcher, and retriever, numbers 21 through 23 (even losing her baseball cap in the process) is particularly apt and adept. Funny and oddly tender, moms and kids alike should enjoy continuing the list. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399238628
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/3/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 1 year
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Harriet Ziefert
Harriet Ziefert has been making magic with words for many years. She is the author of over 200 books for young readers. A mother of two and grandmother of five, she lives in South Orange, New Jersey.

Liz Murphy was born and raised in England and attended the Kingston Art College, where she majored in graphic design. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in Montclair, New Jersey. Liz has illustrated four other picture books for Blue Apple.

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