Mama Says: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons

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Two-time Caldecott Medalists Leo and Diane Dillon bring to life these words of wisdom about living life with compassion and courage. Written in rhyming text, this is a "must have" for every family.

Gentle, but powerful life lessons spoken to a child, delivered with a mother's immutable love. Stunning illustrations will leave readers breathless and deeply moved. Never heavy-handed, Mama Says teaches the universal importance of kindness, sharing, diligence, and faith, along with ...

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Overview


Two-time Caldecott Medalists Leo and Diane Dillon bring to life these words of wisdom about living life with compassion and courage. Written in rhyming text, this is a "must have" for every family.

Gentle, but powerful life lessons spoken to a child, delivered with a mother's immutable love. Stunning illustrations will leave readers breathless and deeply moved. Never heavy-handed, Mama Says teaches the universal importance of kindness, sharing, diligence, and faith, along with the importance of courage and a willingness to always try your best. Here is the perfect gift book for any mother--as a baby gift, a holiday gift, a birthday gift, a Mother's Day gift, or just as a way to say "I love you."

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
On each of 12 double pages, Walker has written a brief poem beginning, "Mama says…" Each is a reminder of good behavior, from being loving, caring, and sharing to being helpful, honest, trusting in God, courageous, and respectful of all life. Each poem has alongside a translation into a different language, using the letterforms of that group, the language of the mother and child that the Dillons there illustrate. There is a sculptural quality to their pictures, created with sensitive shading of smoothly applied paints in subtly outlined shapes creating naturalistic figures. The left-hand page of this large book houses, in a circular frame, some interaction between mother and son along with the poem and translation and a small patterned square representing that group. On the right is a large framed illustration of the recommended behavior. The clothing and objects reflect the particular culture. A final double-page group portrait depicts each boy as a man, effectively offering the reader comparisons along with the text: "I listened to what Mama said/ And now I am a man." Notes at the end offer additional facts along with an "Afterword" that asks, "…let us celebrate our diversity and our common need…" A beautiful, heart-warming celebration indeed! Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

K-Gr 4

Twelve different cultures are represented in this visually stunning, slightly oversize offering. For each one, a short poem stating wisdom or advice that a mother might offer a son is presented on the verso, along with a painting in a circular frame. The effect of the frame is to give readers the feeling that they are peeking in at a private moment between parent and child. The recto has a full-page illustration of the son acting on the advice. The poems are simple and direct and address everything from being honest to sharing and appreciating nature. Some have distinctly religious messages: "Mama says/Have faith/Mama says/Believe/Mama says/To trust in God/And let God take the lead." All of the poems are also presented in the language of the culture addressed, including Cherokee, Hindi, and Danish. The afterword details the specific sources used to obtain accurate translations. The artwork is nothing short of brilliant. Elegantly composed pictures not only capture and enhance the meaning of the poem they accompany, but also depict the various cultures with remarkable attention to detail. This is a lovely and important addition for most collections.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

Kirkus Reviews
Flawed but still impressive, this illustrated collection of brief snippets of advice will particularly appeal to progressive parents eager to foster understanding and compassion in their children. Beautifully composed and executed pictures in the Dillons' trademark style offer glimpses into the lives of mothers and sons from a variety of cultures. Translations of each seven-line verse into the language of the individuals depicted are included, as are endnotes identifying the various languages and where they are spoken. The weak link is the text. A singsong rhythm and relentless rhyme make it feel repetitive, while occasionally abstract counsel ("Happiness / Comes from inner peace" and "Success is when / You know you must endure") is unlikely to resonate with young listeners. Still, cherish this for the sentiment and overall presentation. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439932080
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Mama Says Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 349,943
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Rob D. Walker is a talented singer, artist, and actor who loves to tell stories to his five children. He and his wife and family live in New York State. This is his second book for The Blue Sky Press. His first, Once Upon a Cloud, was praised as “an enchanting book” by Booklist.

Versatility, diversity, research, and integrity have remained characteristics of the Dillons’ work, which ranges from African folktales to Scandinavian epics, from fantasy to science fiction. In addition to two Caldecott Medals (for Ashanti to Zulu and Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears), they have received four New York Times Best Illustrated Awards, four Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards, two Coretta Scott King Awards, and the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, and were inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1997.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    I am a mother of three little children and I am hispanic. I oft

    I am a mother of three little children and I am hispanic. I often look for books that illustrate life and lessons from other cultures/countries. That is what attracted me to this book. I was delighted to find so many beautiful messages and images from so many different cultures, but shocked at the message that represented the English language. It is an african american boy being told by his mother to ' walk with pride' and the image shows him walking by mean non-black people holding a sign that clearly is trying to show "HATE". Shame on the author of this book to reinforce this long history of hate and to try to indoctrinate little children. I wonder why he did not include the massacre of native american, starving russians under communism, starving ethiopians, extremist muslims.....and so on. Every country and culture has terrible thing in their past and present, but this is not what a littles kids book should focus on.

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    Beautifully illustrated, beautifully written.

    Amazing, touching book. Differenct cultures, different languages are included. Makes me teary-eyed every time I read it to my grandsons.

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