Mommy Is a Soft, Warm Kiss

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The best of times in every season are the ones spent with Mommy. Whether it's making sand castles during summer, sewing Halloween costumes in the fall, or splashing in puddles on a rainy spring day, the fun never stops. The bond between mother and daughter is perfectly captured in lovely, rhyming text with rich, colorful illustrations—and with a special greeting card inside, kids can show their mommies just how much they love spending time together.

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The best of times in every season are the ones spent with Mommy. Whether it's making sand castles during summer, sewing Halloween costumes in the fall, or splashing in puddles on a rainy spring day, the fun never stops. The bond between mother and daughter is perfectly captured in lovely, rhyming text with rich, colorful illustrations—and with a special greeting card inside, kids can show their mommies just how much they love spending time together.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A towheaded girl uses metaphors to express what her mother is to her. On the beach, she's “a buried treasure/ in the sand and sun./ I cover her... discover her!/ What silly summer fun!” and on Thanksgiving, “Mommy is a yummy smell/ of pumpkin pie, so sweet./ We share a meal with company,/ give thanks,/ then eat/ and eat!” Despite some syrupy moments (“Mommy is a happy tune I keep inside my heart”), Smith's sunny acrylic and watercolor illustrations are sweetly affectionate without being too sugary. Ages 3-6. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Debby Willett
Rhyming text shows the excited story of a daughter's tale of time with her mommy. Planting the garden is fun, not a chore, because it's with mommy. Waking up in the morning when mommy tickles her awake is more fun than simply being called. A summer day at the beach when mommy is buried in the sand, being rocked to sleep all cozy in her lap, and helping with the Thanksgiving dinner. When the winter comes with the soft white snow and even when being sick in bed—her mommy makes it all very special. Little girls love their mommies and this book is the quintessential example of that love. The rhyming text is perfect, the colorful illustrations not only meet the text but flow like a mind merge between author and illustrator. A card is included which makes this book a perfect gift between daughter and mother—at any age. Put it on your home shelf, give it as a gift. This is not a book any mother with a daughter should miss. Reviewer: Debby Willett
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This book opens with a mother and daughter planting seeds and ends with the little girl giving her mother a bouquet of flowers from the garden and saying, "Mommy, I love you." In rhymed couplets, the child expresses how important her mother is to her every day and all year round. Realistic, attractive illustrations show the parent and child engaged in many activities, with the mother the center of them. "Mommy is a caterpillar in her snug cocoon./I cuddle up beside her beneath a circle moon." The heartwarming picture shows the woman in a sleeping bag and her daughter snuggled up next to her, looking up at the full moon. This very sweet, rather cloying book feels much like a greeting card.—Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
This rhyming celebration of motherdaughter love describes all the fun the two have together, consistently making the equation between Mommy and whatever she is doing for her daughter: "Mommy is a yummy smell of pumpkin pie, so sweet... // Mommy is a happy tune I keep inside my heart... // Mommy is a soft, warm kiss..." While the images are occasionally felicitous-when sewing a costume, "Mommy is a thread that's dancing, bobbing up and down"-it may be more than a little flattening for moms to see themselves so baldly reduced to the gratification they offer their children. But there's no denying the goodwill behind this effort and its companion, Daddy Is a Cozy Hug (9780802797285, May 2010), and it's certainly an honest description of the relationship. Smith's buttonnosed, pinkcheeked characters appeal. (Picture book. 35)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802797292
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,277,941
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rhonda Gowler Greene was an elementary learning disabilities teacher before she received her Masters degree in Educational Media. She is the author of over a dozen books, including Firebears, The Rescue Team, Barnyard Song, and At Grandma's. She lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan, with her family.

www.rhondagowlergreene.com

Maggie Smith has both written and illustrated several books, including One Naked Baby and has illustrated over a dozen. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

www.maggiebooks.com

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