If Mom Had Three Arms

If Mom Had Three Arms

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by Karen Kaufman Orloff, Pete Whitehead
     
 

“I only have two arms!” Every mother has said it sometime, and every kid has heard it. But a young boy wonders: what would happen if Mom really had more…many more? Children looking at this inventive and amusingly illustrated picture book will happily join in the fantasy.

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Overview

“I only have two arms!” Every mother has said it sometime, and every kid has heard it. But a young boy wonders: what would happen if Mom really had more…many more? Children looking at this inventive and amusingly illustrated picture book will happily join in the fantasy.

If Mommy had many arms, what could she do? Just imagine! She’d be Supermom, with three arms juggling, or four-armed Mom at a crosswalk, making cars stop and go. And why raise just one hand in class when you can raise…FIVE? As kids count along right up to 20 amazing presidential arms shaking hands, holding babies, signing bills, and saluting the flag, they’ll come up with some great ideas of their own. But best of all, they will remember that Mom only needs her two real arms for hugging.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Everyone could use an extra hand now and then—busy parents a little more than others. When one mom tells her son "I only have two arms!" his imagination starts churning. Just think of all she could do if she had three arms�four�five�or even twenty! She could put on her own unique circus show. She could play with many toys at once. She could simultaneously paint, sculpt, and model clay. She could pitch with super-frequency. She could play every game in the arcade simultaneously. She could fill the sky with kites—or umbrellas, as needed. She could be president! His fanciful dreaming comes to an end when he is reminded of the very best thing about his mom's mere two arms—her warm hugs, dedicated to him. Child and parent readers alike are sure to enjoy Karen Kaufman Orloff's imaginative tale, as well as Pete Whitehead's brilliant illustrations, which add a rich layer of detail to the story.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-When a boy asks his mom to carry his backpack, Mom, loaded down with two sacks of groceries, replies, "I only have two arms!" The child then begins to imagine what might happen if his mother had more arms. She could juggle in a circus, direct traffic, or even pour more lemonade for his visiting friends. The arm counting continues to 20 with little reason for the multiplicity of appendages. "If Mom had five arms, she would look very smart." Ultimately, the boy realizes that two arms are "perfectly fine" for hugs, wrapping up the story line in a tender moment. The color cartoon artwork is appealingly goofy, but the rhymed couplets sometimes become tedious. There are plenty of zany counting books that hold more charm than this one.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402723568
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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If Mom Had Three Arms 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We love this clever, gorgeous book. All kids can relate to the parental lament 'I only have two arms.' Karen Kaufman Orloff helps children imagine a world without that limitation, while she captures the special feeling of the parent-child bond. Pete Whitehead's pictures are vivid and fun. Counting the arms and finding the numbers brings lot of giggles. We have given this book as a gift to several children ages 3-7 and they all love it too!