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Children's LiteratureThis is a warm and thoughtful addition to the all-too-tiny collection of books about children who have a parent in prison. A little girl named Sugar lives with her grandmother while her mother is serving time. We never learn the nature of her mother's crime although we see mother and daughter together before she "went away and everything changed." There are visiting days when "Mama holds me close and brushes my hair" but Sugar is worried about her upcoming birthday: "I couldn't imagine a birthday without a present from Mama." When the birthday visit finally comes, Mama has written a notebook for Sugar filled with the stories they used to share every night of the week. It is a touching story of a strong relationship between mother and daughter that is able to survive a prison term. The illustrations are filled with emotion and color, with appealing detail when Sugar is coloring a card to send her mother. Illustrator Laurie Caple visited a women's prison in Alabama to add accuracy to her pictures of the prison visits. This is excellent reading for children who share Sugar's plight as well as for those who need to be empathetic to it. 2004, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 4 to 8.