Mama, Do You Love Me?

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With more than a million copies sold worldwide, this universal story of a child testing the limits of her independence demonstrates that the special love between parent and child is a bond that transcends all boundaries of time and place. This tender story is now available in a 10th Anniversary Commemorative edition with a cloth cover and limited edition, frameable print.

Author Biography: Barbara M. Joosse is the author of nearly twenty books ...

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Overview

With more than a million copies sold worldwide, this universal story of a child testing the limits of her independence demonstrates that the special love between parent and child is a bond that transcends all boundaries of time and place. This tender story is now available in a 10th Anniversary Commemorative edition with a cloth cover and limited edition, frameable print.

Author Biography: Barbara M. Joosse is the author of nearly twenty books for children. She lives in a little stone house in Wisconsin.

Barbara Lavallee's vibrant watercolor illustrations are well-known for their depictions of a wide range of Alaskan life. She lives in Alaska.

A child living in the Arctic learns that a mother's love is unconditional.

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Editorial Reviews

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The main characters in this story are an Inuit mother and child, but the title question is universal. This charming picture book answers the youngster's plea in the most reassuring ways, evoking examples from Arctic life that tickle our imaginations as well as our wits.
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...this striking volume...uses a timeless culture to convey a timeless message. Publishers Weekly

Charming, vibrant watercolor illustrations...School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
A decade ago, PW called Barbara Joosse's Mama, Do You Love Me?, illus. by Barbara Lavallee, "a striking volume which uses a timeless culture to convey a timeless message." Chronicle celebrates the book's success with a 10th anniversary commemorative edition that includes a fabric jacket and a limited edition print of mother and child. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
This book is set in the Arctic and is a love story between an Inuit mother and child. Mama tells her little one just how much she is loved by comparing her to the animals who love things dear to them. "I love you more than...the dog loves his tail, more than the whale loves his spout." The vibrant watercolor paintings of images of animals and patterns common in the far north are stunning. An excellent glossary of all the animals mentioned is included. A terrific gift book.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
The mother in this book portrays healthy unconditional love and acceptance and the bond she has with her child is respectful, honest and reassuring. Although it has an Arctic setting, it shows an appreciation for both the differences of culture and the universality of mother's love. The colors are vivid, the range of emotions broad, the wordplay rhythmic and the message honest. When Dear One, the child, asks "What if I put salmon in your parka, ermine in your mittens, and lemmings in your mukluks?" her mother answers: "Then I would be angry...but still I would love you." This repeated question-answer format shows a typical, playful, and fully conscious dialogue of love between a child and mother.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811821315
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 7/1/1998
  • Series: Mama Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 157,508
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara M. Joosse is the author of many books for children, such as the companion to this book, Papa, Do You Love Me? She lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

Barbara Lavallee is known for her vibrant watercolor illustrations depicting a wide range of Alaskan life. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Another book our family enjoys!

    I remember my oldest daughter having this book when she was in 1st grade, now she is in High School. The story is so beautiful and simple. I have two younger daughters (6yo & 3yo) who love the story, now.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2008

    Mama Do You Love Me?

    ISBN 0811821315 - Having read mostly positive reviews of this book, with most of the dissenters not making much sense, I was really looking forward to finding out if it could live up to the hype. The cover is appealing, in the same uniquely ethnic way ISBN:1931127700 The Rhythm of My Day (Kindermusik) appeals. This edition is a board book and is probably shortened from the original. A child asks her mother 'do you love me?' and, being assured that Mama does, indeed, love her very much, she proceeds to question that love further and further. The daughter wonders if Mama would love her if she did small things - broke eggs by accident or played pranks. Her mother says she would be sorry, or angry, or sad, etc. but that she would still love her daughter. Some reviews have mentioned that the mother's unconditional love is an indication that the mother finds her daughter's suggested behavior acceptable. 'What if I turned into a polar bear, and I was the meanest bear you ever saw and I had sharp, shiny teeth and I chased you into your tent and you cried?' the daughter asks and the mother replies 'Then I would be very surprised and very scared. But still, inside the bear, you would be you, and I would love you.' Mama's replies always include the OTHER feelings as well, from sorry to very surprised and very scared, but she repeatedly insists that she will love her daughter: that's what unconditional love is. A child can do bad things and make a parent angry, but the parent will still love them and Barbara Joosse conveys that message well here. The illustrations by Barbara Lavallee are fantastic. This book opens the door, if you want to step through it, for conversations about other cultures. The only potential negative will be parents stumbling over 'ptarmigan', a word no other children's book is likely to introduce them to. - AnnaLovesBooks

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2007

    We love this book!

    I discovered this book when we first moved to Alaska. Barbara Lavellee's illustrations are beautiful. The story is beautiful. It quickly became our standard baby gift for friends in the Lower 48!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

    A reviewer

    As a mother of an unruley teen, this book reminded me of our better days. I used to read this to him every night as a young child. I recently gave it to him for his 16th birthday and it reminded him that now even though he appears as a GREAT BIG GROUCHY BEAR.. that I see the true him and he's still my dear little one. For one moment we both remembered what it was like before the Teenage years and where okay again. He got in bed with me that night and cuddled and told me I LOVE YOU MOM! We still have to make it through the teenage years.... But we will and this book will be apart of us forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2003

    For older "Kids" too!

    Maybe it's just the circumstance in which I receieved the book, but my mother gave this book to me when I was in my early 20's, when she found out she had cancer. So maybe this book has more meaning for me, but the idea is there for all of us. I'm passing it down to my son when he's a bit older.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2001

    Very Cute

    This is the cutest most inocent book I've ever read! When I was little I had the whole thing memorized, I loved it that much! It's definitly a book you should get if you have children! The web page says it's materiel for K-2nd grade but it's good for all ages, from pre-school to college and beyond!

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Good Read

    enough said

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