Mommy, Do You Love Me?

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No amount of mischief can shake a mommy’s assurance of affection in this humorous, heartening story sure to soften even the most trying days.

Even when a little chick makes funny faces, splashes in the mud, and comes in last place, his mommy still loves him. But does she love him when he cheeps and chirps and shouts very, very loudly? Does she still love him even when he’s bad? With a reassuring text from Jeanne Willis and energetic illustrations by Jan Fearnley, this sweet ...

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Overview

No amount of mischief can shake a mommy’s assurance of affection in this humorous, heartening story sure to soften even the most trying days.

Even when a little chick makes funny faces, splashes in the mud, and comes in last place, his mommy still loves him. But does she love him when he cheeps and chirps and shouts very, very loudly? Does she still love him even when he’s bad? With a reassuring text from Jeanne Willis and energetic illustrations by Jan Fearnley, this sweet story about the love between a parent and child is sure to comfort young readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Through a series of tests-deliberate and not-a chick becomes almost totally convinced that his mother's affections are unshakable. Then, provoked by her son's almost manic cheeping, his mother momentarily loses it, and Little Chick is himself shaken. The mother hen repairs the breach with some unconditional reassurance ("Sometimes you make me mad, and sometimes you make me sad, but no matter what you say or do, I will always love you") and with that surefire parenting trick, the funny face. Working in warm, translucent watercolors and velvety black outlines, Fearnley (previously paired with Willis for Never Too Little to Love) gives her characters an endearing depth of expression and personality. The hen's beady eyes beam with pride and bemusement at her spunky, downy offspring, and when the chick loses a race, his mother comforts him with a pat of her wing and a look that is fully empathetic even as it conveys "this too shall pass." These highly individuated scenes of barnyard domesticity considerably buoy an otherwise predictable tribute to the constancy of mother love, while the large-scale watercolors on outsize pages let readers appreciate every nuance. Ages 3-up. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Norah Piehl
Acting like a typical preschooler, Little Chick tests his own limits—and the limits of a chicken mother's love—in this funny, sweet picture book. Despite jumping in a mud puddle, losing at a race, and inadvertently ruining the flower his mother gave him, Chick is constantly reassured of his mother's love, but just when he is on top of the world (and screeching at the top of his lungs in sheer glee), his mother, tired of the racket and of have to repeat her requests for him to stop, loses her temper and yells at him. The ensuing crisis gives Chick's mother a chance to reassure her son once and for all: "Sometimes you make me mad, and sometimes you make me sad, but no matter what you say or do, I will always love you." Chick's bad behavior and Jan Fearnley's humorous illustrations help keep the somewhat predictable story line from drifting into saccharine sweetness. Fearnley's pastel watercolors also reinforce the story's comforting themes. Reviewer: Norah Piehl
School Library Journal

PreS- In this picture book with a tried-and-true theme, a chick repeatedly asks his mother whether she loves him. Her answer is reassuring even when he makes a funny face, jumps in a mud puddle, or loses a race. Then, when his happy chirping gets louder and louder and her pleas for quiet go ignored, she shouts at him, and Chick runs away. When she finds him, she tells him that although he sometimes makes her mad, and sometimes sad, her love remains steadfast. And when she makes a funny face, Chick returns the sentiments. Luminous watercolor-and-ink illustrations capture the tender, sometimes taut, interplay between mother and child. Their expressions are priceless, particularly Little Chick's exuberance when he knows he is loved and his sadness when his mother yells at him. Children will respond to this read-aloud.-Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA

Kirkus Reviews
Yet another entry in the how-much-do-you-love-me genre with a helpful addition toward the end. The sweet story of the chick questioning his mom about how far her love will go (if I've lost a race, if I've gotten dirty, etc.) has the usual elements of this picture-book genre. The ending does add to the pantheon by having the chick act out enough that his mother gets frustrated and yells at him. Frightened, he runs and hides. His mommy finds him and they question each other about the extent of their love for each other. Chick talks about how he sometimes gets angry with his mom but still loves her. Fearnley's watercolor-and-ink illustrations are colorful, funny and convey a sense of forward momentum and all-encompassing affection. The themes of love and forgiveness aided by the lovely illustrations help this addition rise to the top of the genre. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763634704
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/11/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 569,413
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.01 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeanne Willis has written more than sixty books for children, including NEVER TOO LTITLE TO LOVE. She lives in North London.

Jan Fearnley is the illustrator of NEVER TOO LITTLE TO LOVE and the author-illustrator of JUST LIKE YOU. She lives in Surrey, England.

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