Mama, I'll Give You the World

Mama, I'll Give You the World

by Susan Saelig Gallagher, Roni Schotter
     
 

For one magical night, Luisa wants to make her single mother's worries disappear.

Every day after school Luisa goes to Walter's World of Beauty to watch her mama work-- cutting, coloring, and curling customer's hair, transforming them into the images of their dreams. Mama works hard and hardly ever smiles, but when she does, she is the prettiest flower in all the

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For one magical night, Luisa wants to make her single mother's worries disappear.

Every day after school Luisa goes to Walter's World of Beauty to watch her mama work-- cutting, coloring, and curling customer's hair, transforming them into the images of their dreams. Mama works hard and hardly ever smiles, but when she does, she is the prettiest flower in all the World. At the end of each day, she puts her tip money in a special envelopes for Luisa-- the envelope marked "college." She wants to give her daughter the world-- but Luisa has plans of her own. It's Mama's birthday and, for one night, she wants to make Mama smile... the way she smiles in an old photograph of her dancing at a place called Roseland. So Luisa transforms Walter's World of Beauty into Roseland, by decorating it with roses and collages of Mama's customers, who are also in on Luisa's secret. And it isn't long before everyone is happily dancing, especially Mama, who is the happiest of all.

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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:
9780375936128
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/22/2006
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 11.24(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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