From the Publisher
“Swirls of movement and color are the backdrop for a story that might have been sad. The story is bittersweet, but Lucy's ability to look on the bright side . . . wrap the events in affection and warmth. Children won't forget this.” Starred, Booklist
“Brilliant illustrations accentuate Little Mama's zest for living, while celebrating Mexican-American family life . . . Extols the importance of memory and intergenerational relationships. Warm and wise.” Kirkus Reviews
“Celebrates a family life sustained by happy memories and good times.” Publishers Weekly
“Offers reassurance and hope to readers. The universal themes of love and family dominate this tender, heartfelt story.” School Library Journal
Lucy's grandmother may be forgetful at times, but that doesn't mean she can't remember the things that matter most. Such is the recurring "thread" woven through this story of a tightly knit Mexican-American family. Cruise (Fiona's Private Pages) peppers the text with bits and snatches of Spanisha reflection of how fluidly the family's heritage is integrated into their daily lives. The story mainly centers upon Lucy and Little Mam , the grandmother for whom she is named ("Luciana Mar a Isabela G lvez-Molinero"). Little Mam sometimes forgets about a piece of bread that she is toasting, but she can fondly recall events in her life with a zest that is infectious. ("Even though she forgets about loops and bows and double knots, my little mam remembers... how to button her favorite dancing shoes.") Dressen-McQueen's (Boxes for Katje) illustrationsawash in a corn tortilla paletteadd an extra burst of liveliness to this recollection of a fruitful existence. She paints Little Mam 's trunk of dresses from her native Tembabichi in a cornucopia of festive bright colors, layers upon layers of ruffles that practically swirl off the pages. This volume celebrates a family life sustained by happy memories and good times. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
In a story rich with the Spanish of her grandmother, Lucy tells us what her Little Mama forgets and what she remembers. Lucy realizes her grandmother's memory is no longer reliable. Little Mama may leave the toast to burn, forget how to tie her shoes, or not remember the way home. But she remembers so many things that for Lucy are more importantfrom giving hugs to how to dance and skip, along with tales of her life back in Mexico. And although she forgets that there are only five in the family for dinner, she has luckily remembered how to make enough of her tortillas to feed the relatives who arrive to join them. The compassion and warmth of the love Lucy shares with her grandmother join together in a story that will be particularly relevant to children whose grandparents begin to forget things. The endpapers are photo albums filled with dozens of "mounted" snapshots and greeting cards. They set the stage for this visual diary of the loving activities inside. The double-page spreads are filled with colorful patterned objects, which reflect the Mexican-American culture and include details of dress, markets, home, and more. Paints re-create the solidity of the family ties, the cohesiveness of the community, and above all, the love. There is a glossary of the Spanish included with pronunciation. 2006, Melanie Kroupa Books/Farrar Straus and Giroux, Ages 4 to 8.
Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Lucy spends her days with her mother, brother, and grandmother. She shares a special bond with Little Mam that begins with a morning tickle and ends with a song and a kiss goodnight. In between, their day is filled with dancing, skipping, cooking, eating, and stories of Mexico. The elderly woman may forget everyday things like names, places, and directions but she always remembers her love for Lucy. The topic of Little Mam 's forgetfulness is dealt with in a realistic, but child-focused manner. Cruise uses the text repetition of "Little Mam forgets-" and "my little mam remembers-" to provide a framework for her story. This gives it balance and offers reassurance and hope to readers. A liberal splashing of Spanish words appears throughout. Dressen-McQueen's Mexican folk-style illustrations are enhanced by her use of bold colors including pink, red, orange, brown, and blue. They capture the feel and texture of Hispanic culture but never overwhelm the story or the characters. The universal themes of love and family dominate this tender, heartfelt story.-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
A Mexican-American grandmother may be getting a bit forgetful, but she still remembers what's really important. In the mornings, Lucy's grandmother, "Little Mama," sometimes calls her "little Luciana" and forgets the bread is toasting, but she remembers to tickle Lucy and pour lots of cream on her rice pudding. Little Mama may forget how to tie her shoes, but she remembers how to button her satin dancing slippers when she twirls with Lucy. On the way to the park, Little Mama often forgets directions, but she remembers perfectly how to skip, laugh and sing. Everyday Little Mama forgets "names and places and people and words," but she never forgets to tuck Lucy in at night "with a song and a kiss." Brimming with patterns and colors reminiscent of Mexican folk art, the brilliant illustrations accentuate Little Mama's zest for living, while celebrating Mexican-American family life. Lucy's tender and loving kinship with "Little Mama" gently extols the importance of memory and intergenerational relationships. Warm and wise. (glossary of Spanish words and phrases) (Picture book. 4-8)