Mama, Coming and Going


After Jenna's baby brother is born, Mama is so busy that she doesn't know whether she's coming or going.

Big sister Jenna recalls the funny things that Mama forgot to do after baby Mickey was born.

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After Jenna's baby brother is born, Mama is so busy that she doesn't know whether she's coming or going.

Big sister Jenna recalls the funny things that Mama forgot to do after baby Mickey was born.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
From the time that Jenna's brother, Mickey, was born, her Mama has not been the same. Jenna calls her Mama, Coming and Going. There was the day that Jenna cut her finger, Mickey spit up on the couch, the doorbell rang, and Mama forgot she left the water running. Mama felt like a chicken without a head. If this scenario strikes a familiar note, you'll love this book and probably add some crazy mishaps of your own to laugh about.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Bagel
A funny and accurate look at the topsy-turvy life of Jenna and her mother when her new baby brother joins the family. Mama remembers to read a story at bedtime, but forgets to defrost the chicken for dinner. She takes Jenna to a friend's birthday party a week early, but never mind, Jenna doesn't care, she loves her Mama anyway.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-After the birth of Jenna's baby brother, Mama does some very strange things. She remembers to read Jenna a bedtime story, but forgets to defrost the chicken for dinner. One busy day, she locks the baby in the car along with the keys. She even takes Jenna to Albert's birthday party a week before it's supposed to take place. With a patient but tired smile, Mama explains, "`I don't know whether I'm coming or going.'" Jenna, a well-adjusted older sibling, helps her mother through each crisis with a smile, a colorful drawing, or a heartfelt hug. Simply told from the young girl's point of view, this slice-of-life story takes a gentle look at the chaos created by a new baby. The cheerful watercolor-and-pencil drawings are filled with bright yellows, blues, and reds. A variety of flowered and checkered patterns on pillows, wallpaper, and clothing add to the warm tone of the paintings, which are set off by a white background. Although the characters' features are simply drawn, the mother looks appropriately distracted and her daughter's concern for her shows through clearly. A lighthearted glance at a loving family during a topsy-turvy time.-Joy Fleishhacker, New York Public Library
Stephanie Zvirin
As she showed us in the past, in books like "The Noisemakers" (1992), Caseley has a knack for turning the mundane into something warm and funny. In this case, she's orchestrated the tribulations of a busy mom with a new baby into a delightful slice of life, starring herself and her real-life children, Jenna and Michael. When Mama says she feels "just like a chicken running around without a head," little Jenna doesn't really understand. But Jenna knows enough to take in stride the goofy things her mother begins to do after her baby brother, Mickey, comes along--like leaving the bathtub running, locking Mickey in the car with the keys, and driving all the way to Albert's birthday party a whole week early. As Jenna describes her mother's quixotic behavior, Caseley lays it out in cheerful, busy paintings that perfectly capture the topsy-turvy world of a mom with multiple responsibilities as well as the loving relationship she has with her helpful, patient daughter. Right on the mark, this sweet story is perfect for parent-child sharing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688114411
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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