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It's another busy morning. Mama is hurrying to get Billy to school and make it to work on time. With Billy dawdling and fussing over his stuffed rabbit, it seems they might never get there. And when they finally do arrive at school, Mama rushes off, forgetting two really crucial things!

The familiar frenzy of getting ready is warmly portrayed in this comforting tale. The affirmative ending will reassure children that no matter how busy parents ...

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Overview

It's another busy morning. Mama is hurrying to get Billy to school and make it to work on time. With Billy dawdling and fussing over his stuffed rabbit, it seems they might never get there. And when they finally do arrive at school, Mama rushes off, forgetting two really crucial things!

The familiar frenzy of getting ready is warmly portrayed in this comforting tale. The affirmative ending will reassure children that no matter how busy parents are, they always remember what's most important.

After spending too much time playing with his favorite toy, Billy and his mother are very late for nursery school and his mother forgets some crucial things as she rushes to work.

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Like any other young bear, Billy dawdles a bit in the morning. His mother tries to rush him along for nursery school, but he is preoccupied with his stuffed rabbit companion. Finally, the pair leave, but in the rush to arrive in time, Billy drops his "robbit." Mom retrieves it but forgets to return it to her son. At school, Billy realizes his real loss: "Mama didn't say I love you! She always says I love you." Fortunately, that omission is rectified in a joyful reunion, complete with a soulful hug and a fluffy bunny. Anna Currey's gentle animal watercolors are a perfect match for the adorable story.
Publishers Weekly
Moss's (The Snow Bear) Valentine from mother to child follows a working parent trundling her lively bear cub to nursery school. The nostalgic watercolors bridge the gap between the demands of modern and old-fashioned worlds. British artist Currey portrays a timeless, idealized world, but includes enough familiar details to make the story feel contemporary. Billy's mother wears a granny apron in the kitchen and an ankle-length, flowered dress, but she also dons sensible shoes and carries a portfolio-sized purse. As the two eat breakfast and run through the rain to school, Billy blames his tardiness on his toy rabbit (e.g., "I think Rabbit's got a tummy ache"). Mama, late for work, abruptly leaves Billy at the school door; "Mama didn't say I love you," he sadly tells his teacher. Currey portrays the toddler-size tragedy through Billy's forlorn facial expressions and drooping posture as he searches in vain for his beloved rabbit. Luckily, his mother quickly returns with the rabbit in tow (she had tucked it into the purse to speed things along) and, most importantly, says, "I love you." Although the early scenes and dialogue seem occasionally stilted, the rapid resolution of the plot carries the reassuring message that although parents may make mistakes, their children's needs nearly always come first. Ages 2-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Billy was having a frustrating morning. His stuffed rabbit was hiding under the bed when he first woke up. Then Rabbit dawdled over breakfast and complained of a tummy ache when Billy should have been getting dressed. Rabbit had trouble getting his buttons straight and then wanted to go back upstairs just as Mama was trying to get out the door. Billy tried to balance his lunch box on his head, but Rabbit wouldn't sit still. Finally, Mama grabbed Rabbit and put him in her bag. They arrived late at nursery school and Mama rushed off to work. Billy was disconsolate. Mama hadn't said, "I love you" and Rabbit was not there to comfort him. His teacher was at a loss about how to help him feel better. Then the door flew open. Mama remembered she still had Rabbit and she remembered to say, "I love you!" They shared a big, big hug. Large, colorful pictures of cuddly teddy bears acting just like people add warmth to this tender tale. All preschoolers and their moms can relate. 2004, Dial, Ages 3 to 6.
— Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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PreS-Gr 2-Although Mama bear tries to hurry her son along, he spends so much time getting his stuffed rabbit ready for nursery school that they leave the house behind schedule. They lose more precious minutes when she must rescue Rabbit after Billy drops him in the rain, and she rushes off to work without returning the toy to him. As the young bear unpacks his lunchbox in his classroom, he laments, "Mama didn't say I love you. She always says I love you." Before long, however, she returns to offer her tearful son a hug, his rabbit friend, and a comforting "I love you." The spare text presents a typical exchange between a harried mother and her dawdling child and the boy's distress at her abrupt leave-taking. Currey's large watercolor-and-ink illustrations show diagonal splashes of blue-gray color as the characters trek through the rain. Close-ups of a frowning Billy, a single tear sliding down his cheek, followed by the surprise reappearance of Mama and their cuddly reunion are paced just right. Endpapers featuring floppy-eared Rabbit in a variety of poses provide a humorous touch. Pair this with Francesca Rusackas's I Love You All Day Long (HarperCollins, 2002) for a reassuring look at parental love.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Moss perfectly captures the hustle and bustle of the daily mad dash to school and work in all its frenzied glory. While Mama urges Billy on, the young bear cub dawdles his way through the morning routine, blaming his beloved stuffed bunny for his delay. As a result of all the lollygagging, Billy and his mom are late. In her haste at preschool drop-off, Mama forgets to tell Billy she loves him and to give his bunny to him. Bereft of these necessary creature comforts, Billy is inconsolable until Mama returns with Rabbit and a hearty dose of loving. Currey depicts images instantly recognizable to young readers; homey kitchen scenes and the wild disarray of Billy's bedroom are familiar landmarks. The soft hues of the illustrations coupled with the expressive drawings of the cub and parent offer a comforting foil to the heightened emotions of the text. Moss's non-judgmental tone and happy resolution diffuse the tensions of a commonplace scenario and makes this the ideal tale to share after the hectic whirl of a busy day. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142405482
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/29/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.92 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Currey lives in England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2008

    we love it!

    As a working mom of three, we have busy mornings with lots of reminders to stay on task, just like Billy. My kids love this book as it is a situation they can relate to, and we all love to share a big 'bear hug' at the end, just like Billy and his mom!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    Good story

    This book is really good to read to your young ones. My daughter and I enjoyed the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

    Good Book for Young Children

    The bear characters and the messages the book conveyed help you realize that no matter your age the message is the same. Hear the words "I love you" before your parent leaves you wherever they drop you off is magical to a young child. The child already misses their parent and having those last words spoken mean the world to a child. My grandchildren love hear me read this book and also have the other book by the same author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2010

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    Love this book

    It's a nice read for children and an excellent reminder for parents to slow down and remember what's important!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Grandson did not want it read the second time

    Personally, I liked the book, but my three+ grandson said he did not like it. The story was "sad" according to him. We'll try reading it again in a few months to see his reaction after a few months of maturity.

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