Mama's Day with Little Gray

Mama's Day with Little Gray

by Aimee Reid
     
 

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From talented illustrator Laura Bryant and gifted newcomer Aimee Reid comes a charming, heartwarming story about a little elephant's love for his mama.

"Mama, when I grow up, will you grow down?"

What would it be like if, one day, Little Gray were the big elephant and Mama the small one? Little Gray can picture it perfectly. He'd

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From talented illustrator Laura Bryant and gifted newcomer Aimee Reid comes a charming, heartwarming story about a little elephant's love for his mama.

"Mama, when I grow up, will you grow down?"

What would it be like if, one day, Little Gray were the big elephant and Mama the small one? Little Gray can picture it perfectly. He'd shade her from the sun, teach her to make mud, and find pictures in the clouds with her. In fact, he would do for her exactly what she does for him.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/31/2014
In Reid’s debut children’s book, as a mother elephant and her calf stroll through the grasslands, Little Gray imagines the two of them switching places. “‘If I grew up and you were my calf.... I’d spend every day with you,” he says. “I would be your calf and stay right by your side,” his mother responds. Bryant’s dewy, pastel palette fills the landscape as the elephants saunter along, acting out each of the scenarios that the calf entertains. “ ‘I could show you how to make mud,’ said Little Gray. ‘I know you’d be a good teacher,’ Mama said.” An abundantly sweet depiction of a child’s gentle nudging for assurance. Ages 2–5. Author’s agent: Jill Corcoran, Jill Corcoran Literary Agency. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
Soft, watercolor illustrations highlight the expressive faces of the two animals and enhance the theme of unconditional love between parent and child.–School Library Journal, March 2014
Children's Literature - Krisan Murphy
Little Gray, the baby elephant, spends a typical day with his mama, asking questions and imagining what it will be like when he gets big. The poignant Little Gray asks his mama, “When I grow up, will you grow down?” The rhythm of the questions and answers is pleasant. The mother elephant answers every whimsical question patiently and wisely. The charming pair walk and talk, eat and swim, splash and play all day. Each watercolor illustration is soft and expressive, and captures the tenderness of the mother and child relationship. As the sun sets in the African landscape, Little Gray walks under his mama’s towering belly. Ultimately, Little Gray snuggles down to sleep, reclines in the crook of his reclining mama’s trunk. The two elephants sleep and dream of tomorrow as they lie side by side. The author captures the tender moments of mama and child in this delightful glimpse into the life of the elephants. This picture book will become a favorite bedtime story for both parent and child. Reviewer: Krisan Murphy; Ages 4 to 6.
School Library Journal
03/01/2014
PreS-K—As a baby elephant spends a day with her mother, she considers "what if" she were big and her mother were small. Little Gray determines that she would do everything that her mother is doing with her, like strolling through fields of grass, eating sweet leaves off of a high tree, swimming, and sleeping cuddled up together. Most of all, Little Gray promises that she would keep her mother safe, just as she feels on this perfect day. The story reads like a combination of Robert Munsch's Love You Forever (Firefly, 1995) and Barbara M. Joosse's Mama, Do You Love Me? (Chronicle, 1998), in which the child pretends and the parent patiently plays along. Soft, watercolor illustrations highlight the expressive faces of the two animals and enhance the theme of unconditional love between parent and child.—Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-17
A cozy tale about a young elephant imagining what things would be like if he were grown. An elephant mother spends the day with her Little Gray. His desire to grow up and his conflicting desire that his mother always be there to offer advice and support are at the root of his many questions. "Mama, when I grow up, will you grow down?" Mama elephant is portrayed as the ideal mother. Her gentle words put her young one at ease and bolster his growing confidence. When Little Gray states he will share leaves from a tall tree when he is bigger, Mama exclaims, "You would be big!…And very kind." Pastel-hued spreads are dominated by pale yellows, warm greens and watery blues. The elephants' expressive eyes convey admiration and love, while the nimble movements of the younger pachyderm contrast with the steady, darker-hued mother, whose bigger shape often frames her child. Still, although Reid's and Bryant's talents pair well, the number of books about animal mothers and children are many. This story is enjoyable enough but may not ultimately be that memorable. A nice addition in places where the animal-child-and-mother herd is a little thin. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375981388
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/25/2014
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
19 MB
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Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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Meet the Author

AIMEE REID wanted to be two things when she grew up—a teacher and a mother. First the overturned laundry basket she used for a pretend desk became a real teacher's desk, and then she had three wonderful children. In fact, her daughter's words at bedtime sparked this story. Mama's Day with Little Gray is Aimee's debut.

LAURA J. BRYANT has illustrated many books for kids, including God Gave Us You, Yummiest Love, and How Many Kisses Good Night? She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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