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Just Like Mama
     

Just Like Mama

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by Leslea Newman, Julia Gorton (Illustrator)
 

Just Like Mama is a beautiful testament to the love between mother and daughter, and especially how, in a child’s eyes, a mother does everything perfectly, from cooking to playing to simply loving. There are some things that no one can do as well as a mom. “With a pile of pancakes shaped like moons, and cocoa with a cloud of cream, no one can

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Just Like Mama is a beautiful testament to the love between mother and daughter, and especially how, in a child’s eyes, a mother does everything perfectly, from cooking to playing to simply loving. There are some things that no one can do as well as a mom. “With a pile of pancakes shaped like moons, and cocoa with a cloud of cream, no one can cook breakfast just like Mama.” Nor garden, host tea parties, cook supper, or tuck her child into bed. No one does it just like Mama can. And in the end, nobody loves Mama just like her little girl does.
 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
While the title implies a girl copying her favorite and nearest role model, this story is in fact a tribute to Mama's singular awesomeness, particularly when it comes to addressing the narrator's needs. “She sets out cups and saucers for my teddy bears and me,” writes Newman, “then shows us all the proper way to pour a pot of tea./ Nobody has tea parties just like Mama.” Gorton's pen and marker illustrations, an intriguing mixture of girly and bold, are cropped in a way that conveys the effusiveness of the narrator's feelings: her admiration and gratitude can't be contained by the margins. Ages 3-8. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—A heartwarming book that reassures mothers that sometimes their children really do appreciate them. Each spread shows a woman and her daughter engaging in their daily activities. From hair combing to breakfast making to gardening and snuggling, nobody does it "just like Mama." The rhyming text is full of figurative language and charming details and is fluid when read aloud. The mother and daughter are definitely girly girls with a penchant for pink, flowers, and tea parties. The illustrations, with pastel-colored backgrounds, gardens, and lots of detail, highlight the cozy parent-child relationship. This title is definitely a great gift book, and it will circulate in public libraries as well. Mothers who read it will feel celebrated for all the things they do.—Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
Kirkus Reviews
A little girl lists the many things that no one can do "just like Mama." From waking her up through preparing breakfast, gardening, playing dress-up and so on, Mama demonstrates her expertise all day long. In addition to traditionally nurturing things like preparing meals and snuggling, this Mama plays ball and belches (after the two of them slurp up a "mountain of spaghetti"). Gorton's illustrations employ a limited palette and strong, confident lines that skew perspective playfully. They take advantage of the opportunities offered by the text, depicting the little girl's short blond hair in multiple tiny, spiky braids and a spattering of tomato sauce on her freckled face at suppertime. Newman's verse occasionally sacrifices syntax to scansion, but it stays on the bearable side of saccharine, making this an acceptable purchase this season. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810983939
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,358,454
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Lesléa Newman is the author of fifty books for adults and children, including Abrams’ Eight Nights of Chanukah. She has received many literary awards, including poetry fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Julia Gorton is the illustrator and designer of many books for children, including Abrams’ Score! 50 Poems to Motivate and Inspire. She teaches design at Parsons the New School for Design and lives in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

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Just Like Mama 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
How does a mother tell her daughter, "I love you?" Let us count the ways. She makes apple pancakes shaped like a moon. She hunts for frogs while gardening. She hosts tea parties for the teddy bears. She plays dress-up in a glittery gown. She fixes spaghetti for supper. She gives the best hugs at bedtime. And how does her little girl show her love for Mama? The gentle rhyming text by Leslea Newman, who also wrote Eight Nights of Chanukah, and the endearing colorful illustrations by Julia Gorton, who also illustrated Score! 50 Poems to Motivate and Inspire, combine to present a beautiful testimony to the love between a mother and daughter. It would be a charming read for mothers and daughters to share on Mother's Day and throughout the year to remind us that nobody loves us "Just Like Mama"!