Mama's Milk

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Celebrating the warm and loving bond between mammal mamas and their babies, this lushly illustrated, lyrical book shows little ones doing what comes naturally: nursing. A perfect choice for cuddling up with a breast-feeding child or the older sibling who wonders how the new baby gets fed. A tender look at humans and animals breast-feeding in their natural habitats. Promotes infant health and attachment parenting. A thoughtful, supportive gift for new and soon-to-be moms. Fascinating nursing facts included: ...

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Overview

Celebrating the warm and loving bond between mammal mamas and their babies, this lushly illustrated, lyrical book shows little ones doing what comes naturally: nursing. A perfect choice for cuddling up with a breast-feeding child or the older sibling who wonders how the new baby gets fed. A tender look at humans and animals breast-feeding in their natural habitats. Promotes infant health and attachment parenting. A thoughtful, supportive gift for new and soon-to-be moms. Fascinating nursing facts included: Kangaroo milk is pink! Calf elephants may nurse up to 5 years!Reviews"Theres nothing more natural than a baby nursing from its mother, and this theme serves as the inspiration for a moving tale that celebrates the miracle of breastfeeding. . . An ode to all things maternal."-Publishers Weekly"This cozy offering will be welcomed by parents who want to share the joy and naturalness of breastfeeding with their children."-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI School Library Journal

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Publishers Weekly

There's nothing more natural than a baby nursing from its mother, and this theme serves as the inspiration for a moving tale that celebrates the miracle of breastfeeding. Ross' story is simplistic in tone, comprised of short, rhyming verse that introduces readers to the many animals that share this form of nourishment with humans. ("Mama's going to nurse you high up in a tree. Mama's going to nurse you down low by her knees.") The text's gentle rhythm and softly rendered images aptly capture the quietness of a nursing babe, content to suckle amidst a bustling world. One of these more fitting spreads features a mother breastfeeding at a park as another picnics nearby, while on the facing page, another woman spoon-feeds a toddler seated in a stroller, children happily swinging and sliding in the foreground. The various images of animals and their babes-identification of their different names peppered throughout-are especially cozy. No matter the varying styles of feeding, one common denominator exists: a mother's milk sustains and nurtures her child. A final spread explains how long various animals nurse, as well as the benefits of breastfeeding. An ode to all things maternal. Ages 6 mos.-3 yrs. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Mammal babies are born with few needs. Feeding is one of them, and all babies are born instinctively knowing to seek nourishment from their mamas. In brief, gently rhyming text, Michael Elsohn Ross shows a wide variety of mothers nursing their babies in a wide variety of places. A sow feeds her babies while lying in a sty. A monkey nurses her baby while sitting in a tree. A whale nurses her baby while swimming in the sea. Human mothers nurse their babies in the morning, in the afternoon, and at night. Shown alongside so many other nursing mothers, it is easy to see that human breastfeeding is just part of a larger, natural pattern of life. Ross's text and Wolff's soft watercolor illustrations celebrate one of motherhood's most nurturing acts. This book is an excellent choice for parents to read with their breastfeeding children or with their curious older children.
School Library Journal

PreS - Gr 1 - From humans to a variety of aquatic and land animals, Ross's rhyming text describes the different ways that mothers nurse their babies. Presented across spreads or on single pages framed by white borders, the pastel-infused watercolor illustrations tastefully depict the nursing pairs. Each species is identified along with the proper nomenclature for its offspring (monkey and infant, bat and pup, whale and calf). Short factual statements about the highlighted animals are appended-kangaroos have pink milk; elephant calves nurse for two to five years; bear cubs drink from hibernating mothers; human milk helps protect babies from disease. This cozy offering will be welcomed by parents who want to share the joy and naturalness of breastfeeding with their children.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582461816
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/5/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 492,325
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

ASHLEY WOLFF has written and/or illustrated over 40 books, including The Pen that Pa Built, Only the Cat Saw, Baby Beluga, Stella and Roy, and the ever-popular Miss Bindergarten series. She lives in San Francisco, California.

MICHAEL ELSOHN ROSS is the award-winning author of more than forty books for children. For over thirty years he has worked as a naturalist in Yosemite National Park, where he has joyfully observed children and other young animals at play. He lives along the Merced River in El Portal, California.

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