Mama's Day

Overview

Somewhere there's a mama

lifting baby from a crib,

Snapping rompers, looping laces,

Brushing crumbs from baby's bib.

With its simple rhyming verse, this book pays tribute to mamas and children. From waking babies up in the morning to hushing baby to sleep at night, mamas' lives revolve around their children. The gentle illustrations depict all kinds of mamas and babies, ...

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Overview

Somewhere there's a mama

lifting baby from a crib,

Snapping rompers, looping laces,

Brushing crumbs from baby's bib.

With its simple rhyming verse, this book pays tribute to mamas and children. From waking babies up in the morning to hushing baby to sleep at night, mamas' lives revolve around their children. The gentle illustrations depict all kinds of mamas and babies, sunning on the seashore, walking in a bustling market, and quietly rocking in a wooden chair. But wherever they are, mamas and babies are together, and this book celebrates the special bond that they share.

In rhyming text, mothers and their babies are described sharing in a variety of activities, from playing at the ocean to reading books and taking a bath.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this lovely reverie on the joys of being alive and being loved, two veteran talents contentedly riff on each other's work. "Somewhere, there's a mama lifting baby from a crib," the text begins, "Snapping rompers, looping laces,/ Brushing crumbs from baby's bib." As Ashman's (The Essential Worldwide Monster Guide) rhythmic construction invites readers to further muse on what mothers do for their children from morning 'til night ("There's a mama by the ocean, holding tight to baby's hand/ Chasing waves and watching seagulls,/ Finding seashells in the sand"), Ormerod (Goodbye Mousie) devotes each spread's main framed picture to a literal interpretation of the verse, and surrounds the image and the text with zephyr-like spot illustrations of all the ways that babies and toddlers interact with the world. For the spread on which mother and child feed the sea gulls, satellite vignettes portray fussy and napping babies, a toddler banging on a pot with wooden spoons, another jauntily marching, and several others intently absorbing the world while seated on their well-padded bottoms. The recurring baby characters in the spot illustrations each develop their own story line, too (one especially entertaining baby sits placidly and snugly in a swing, then grows restless, eventually erupting into a tantrum). Together, the eloquent simplicity of the words and the understated warmth of the pictures exude a cozy contemplativeness, inviting the very young and those who love them to point and coo, laugh, dream and snuggle. Ages 2-6. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In rhyming verse, this well-written and beautifully-illustrated book traces the various activities experienced by mothers and their children throughout the day. One mother lifts her children from the crib. Another snaps rompers and loops laces. Still others nurse their children, teach them to clap, visit the ocean, and share a snack in the garden. In the end, readers are reminded that mothers everywhere do what mothers do, and that all the little ones in their mother's care are loved every minute of every day—just like the recipient of this book. The realistic, soft-hued illustrations, rendered in pencil and wash, parallel the gentle tone of the text. Each page features a larger image that matches the text surrounded by pictures of a singular set of babies engaged in various tasks that differ as readers move through the story. The mothers and children represent a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, ages, and sizes, reflecting the diversity of mamas and kids everywhere. A wonderful anytime book for young readers and their female parents. A companion text that features dads would be a worthwhile addition. 2006, Simon & Schuster, Ages 3 to 6.
—Wendy Glenn, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This sweet, singsong rhyming book celebrates the bond between a mother and her child. "Somewhere there's a mama bathing baby's tiny toes,/Splashing water, blowing bubbles,/Wiping suds from baby's nose." With merely 170 words, the story is heavily dependent on the pencil-and-wash illustrations that depict families of different races. The focus of each large spread is a boxed illustration of a mother and child engaged in an activity, such as snuggling, watching seagulls, or preparing for sleep, with the text centered on the opposite page. Surrounding these are depictions of adorable infants and toddlers dancing, crying, crawling, etc., and a tiny orange-striped kitten. A gentle, appealing addition.-Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Ashman rhymes in an effortless way; the pencil-and-wash pictures are in Ormerod's rosy crystalline style; and it's hard to have too many mama books so long as they are as good as this one. Here, each spread has a line of text: "Somewhere there's a mama holding baby in her lap," for example; opposite is an illustration of same. But running along the borders of the pages are a cast of babies from infant to about three. And what babies they are: Round and long, boy and girl, bald and curly, of every color and ethnicity, they will turn up in one of the bigger pictures with their mama. Every so often a dad or other relative shows up, too, but this is a mama book, as they play games, go to the store or the seashore, give baths and read stories to their babies. Delightful to read aloud and to find all the toys and a ginger kitten on each and every page. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442452336
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 11/29/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Ashman is the author of a number of picture books, including The Essential Worldwide Monster Guide, illustrated by David Small; Babies on the Go, illustrated by Jane Dyer; and Sailing off to Sleep, illustrated by Susan Winter. She and her family live in Denver, Colorado.

Jan Ormerod (1946–2013) was an award-winning author who grew up in Western Australia. As a child Jan drew constantly, and she eventually went on to attend art school and study drawing, painting, and sculpture. During her career Jan published more than fifty books, including Sunshine, Lizzie Nonsense, Water Witcher, and Maudie and Bear. Her work, which resonated with young children and adults alike, won many prestigious awards and received much acclaim.

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