Mommy, Where Are You?

Overview

One morning Ozzy wakes up...and Mommy isn't there!

Where could she be?

Behind the fence?

Down in the meadow?

Up in the tree?

Or maybe she is exactly where she is supposed to be after all.

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Overview

One morning Ozzy wakes up...and Mommy isn't there!

Where could she be?

Behind the fence?

Down in the meadow?

Up in the tree?

Or maybe she is exactly where she is supposed to be after all.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Ozzie, a young mouse, wakes up early one morning and is distressed to find his mommy missing. He begins a frantic search, catching glimpses of various objects and animals, each time thinking he has spotted his mom. A soft gray shape appearing between two fence slats turns out to be silvery fountain grass. An eye peeking from behind tall grass belongs to a rabbit. Two round ears across some water become the face of a hippo. And so it goes until Ozzie checks out some whiskers behind the tulip leaves and discovers a sleeping cat! He starts screaming for his mommy and runs directly home. His mom is waiting with the breakfast grains she had been out gathering. The softly colored illustrations feature a cute mouse scurrying about in attractive settings. A variety of clever cut-outs encourage young readers to guess what will appear with the turn of each page. A fun read aloud. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

PreS-K

In this fast-paced story with simple text, a young field mouse springs out of bed to find that his mother is not there. He looks for her behind a series of beautifully rendered die-cut illustrations. The acrylic artwork is executed in bold strokes and is textured using a variety of decorative techniques, creating a childlike sensibility and a three-dimensional aspect on every page. The warmth of the mother-child relationship is demonstrated through the search route that Ozzy instinctively chooses. He checks all their favorite spots: the big rock, the garden, the big tree, and the lake. When he turns back to the garden and peeks behind a boldly colored tulip patch, he is met with a cat. He runs back home screaming, but his fears are quickly quelled. This is a great purchase for libraries looking for engaging, interactive books with large typefaces to use for storytime, or for children just starting to read on their own. It will be especially useful to relax preschoolers' separation anxiety, with its reassuring message that, yes, their mothers will come back.-Sara Paulson-Yarovoy, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City

Kirkus Reviews
When young Ozzy wakes up one morning to find his mother missing, the young mouse panics and rushes to find her. He spies a gray shape between the pickets of a fence: "There you are!" But when the page is turned, it turns out to be some cattails. He proceeds, espying his mother in an earthworm's back end, a rabbit's eye, a squirrel's back, a hippopotamus's ears (!) and, most dangerously, a cat's whiskers. While the guessing game is pretty arbitrary, young listeners will enjoy the succession of die-cut reveals, and they'll breathe a sigh of relief along with Ozzy when Mommy reappears. Although it doesn't have the visual or verbal weight of Owl Babies, it has its own small charm. (Picture book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416955054
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/24/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 700,898
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.36 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonid Gore moved to the US from his native Belarus in 1991. He has illustrated many beloved books for children and is also the author and illustrator of Danny’s First Snow. Mr. Gore lives in Oakland, New Jersey. Visit him online at LeonidGore.com.

Leonid Gore moved to the US from his native Belarus in 1991. He has illustrated many beloved books for children and is also the author and illustrator of Danny’s First Snow. Mr. Gore lives in Oakland, New Jersey. Visit him online at LeonidGore.com.

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