Mama, I'll Give You the World [NOOK Book]

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Exquisite artwork and an exceptionally tender text showcase the special bond between a mother and her daughter. Every day after school, Luisa goes to Walter's World of Beauty to watch her mama work—cutting, coloring, and curling customers' hair. Before they go home, Mama puts her tip money in a special envelope for Luisa—for college. She wants to give Luisa the world! But Luisa has a plan of her own. For Mama's birthday, Luisa wants to give Mama the world. . . . This touching story of a loving child and a single,...

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Exquisite artwork and an exceptionally tender text showcase the special bond between a mother and her daughter. Every day after school, Luisa goes to Walter's World of Beauty to watch her mama work—cutting, coloring, and curling customers' hair. Before they go home, Mama puts her tip money in a special envelope for Luisa—for college. She wants to give Luisa the world! But Luisa has a plan of her own. For Mama's birthday, Luisa wants to give Mama the world. . . . This touching story of a loving child and a single, hard-working mother is sure to be a favorite of families everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
After school every day Luisa goes to Walter's World of Beauty, where her widowed mother works on the patrons' hair and Luisa on her homework. There her mother has a photo of herself happily dancing, but she is not often happy now. The next day is her mother's birthday, however, and Luisa has secret plans with the other workers and patrons of the shop to make her mother smile again. Her mother puts all her tips away for Luisa's college to "give her the world" some day, but Luisa has another idea. She persuades her mother to put on her prettiest dress and insists she must go back to the shop for something she has forgotten. And there is everyone together for a surprise birthday party. Luisa and her mother begin the dancing, for the happy ending in her world now. Gallagher creates a very believable cast of characters, but Luisa is particularly bursting with personality. Framed double- and full-page scenes plus a couple of vignettes are needed to tell the tale. Along with contextual details, oil paints give the engaging humans a solidity which contributes to their naturalistic actions and individual personalities.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-"After school each afternoon, Luisa's bus drops her at the door to the World." Walter's World of Beauty that is, where her mother is a stylist, saving tips so she can give her daughter the world in the form of college funds. While the woman works, Luisa "cuts and colors and curls" delightful mixed-media portraits of the customers and plans a surprise birthday party for her beloved parent. A photo at mama's station, taken in the past, reveals a joyful, dancing couple in a place mama calls "Roseland." It is this mood and setting that Luisa yearns to re-create as she exchanges secret messages with the clientele. Schotter's nimble use of alliteration and words with multiple meanings adds depth and richness to the text. The characters are quirky and distinctive, captured in all their glory by Gallagher's dynamic oils. Mama, a life-giving force, is clad in a warm green dress, framed by plants. The cool twilight hues bathing the city streets contrast with the golden glow of the after-hours salon party, where hopeful anticipation yields to an appreciative maternal clasp-and dancing ensues. Matter-of-fact about the realities of life with and as a single parent, while mindful of the benefits of participating in a larger community, this tale of a hardworking mother and a thoughtful daughter brings to mind the family in Vera B. Williams's A Chair for My Mother (HarperCollins, 1982). These are scenes to savor, snuggled closely one-on-one, or shared with a group.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A loving little girl gives her Mama a special gift in this gentle affirmation. Every day after school, the bus drops Luisa at the door of Walter's World of Beauty where Mama works "cutting, coloring, and curling." While Mama clips and combs, Luisa does her homework. Then she wields scissors, colored paper and glue to create portraits of Mama's customers, everyone different, but "everyone . . . a flower." Mama scrupulously saves her tips for Luisa's college fund because one day she wants to give Luisa the world. But Luisa knows Mama used to love to dance in a place called Roseland when Papa was around. Now Mama never dances and rarely smiles. For Mama's birthday, Luisa conspires with favorite customers to "turn the World into Roseland" so Mama will smile and dance again. Brimming with life and humor, Gallagher's stunning full-color oil illustrations trace Luisa's fairy godmother-like transformation of Mama from hardworking single parent into a real world Cinderella who becomes the "prettiest flower in the World." A heartwarming metamorphosis. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385372930
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 2/12/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

RONI SCHOTTER is the author of numerous books for children, including The Boy Who Loved Words, a Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner and Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award Winner; Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street, an NCTE Notable Trade Book in the Language Arts; F Is for Freedom, recipient of the Washington Irving Award; Hanukkah!, winner of the National Jewish Book Award; Captain Bob Takes Flight; and Captain Bob Sets Sail. 

S. SAELIG GALLAGHER is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including Moonhorse by Mary Pope Osborne; The Selfish Giant, a fairy tale written by Oscar Wilde; The Firework-Maker's Daughter by Phillip Pullman; and Blue Willow by Pam Conrad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2015

    I love this book!  It teaches so much about hard work, and racia

    I love this book!  It teaches so much about hard work, and racial inclusion without being preachy or critical of others.  The illustrations are wonderfully done with the artist being careful to give expression to each and all of the faces.  It is beautifully done, and should be in every library!

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

    Roni Schotter, children's book author

    I'd like to highly recommend books by Roni Schotter, especially--DOO-WOP POP, THE HOUSE OF JOYFUL LIVING and MAMA, I'LL GIVE YOU THE WORLD. Roni Schotter is the author of NOTHING EVER HAPPENS ON 90TH STREET, used a lot in schools to model writing, and of THE BOY WHO LOVED WORDS which won the Parents Choice Award.

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