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Mother, May I?

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A little girl offers to take care of her busy mother for a day. She helps Mom put on makeup, takes her shopping, cleans the house just the way she likes it, and much more. Somehow, though, Mom ends up more tired and frazzled than usual. . . . “Maybe I need more practice being a mom,” the little girl admits. But there is one mom thing she knows how to do just right—say “I love you.” This funny and sweet picture book is ideal for sharing on Mother's Day or any day.

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Overview

A little girl offers to take care of her busy mother for a day. She helps Mom put on makeup, takes her shopping, cleans the house just the way she likes it, and much more. Somehow, though, Mom ends up more tired and frazzled than usual. . . . “Maybe I need more practice being a mom,” the little girl admits. But there is one mom thing she knows how to do just right—say “I love you.” This funny and sweet picture book is ideal for sharing on Mother's Day or any day.

When a little girl plays at being the mother for a day, not everything goes quite right, but the love is perfect.

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Children's Literature
It is mother's special day and her daughter wants to make sure it is memorable. She says, "May I ...be the mom to you today?" Of course she cannot quite handle things with her mother's aplomb. The kitchen is a mess from creating something to eat that includes pickles, marshmallows, cider and other luscious ingredients. She fixes her mother's hair and applies her make-up. Then she asks, "Mother, may I clean the house?" Of course it is more of a mess than when she started. By the end of the day her mother has a headache and is exhausted but she perks up when her daughter asks, "Mother, May I ...say 'I love you!'" The straightforward text and the humorous cartoon illustrations work well together to create a story that will elicit laughter from the primary grade set. While the concept is not new, the cartoon-style illustrations expand the text and create the fun here. 2004, Dutton, Ages 4 to 8.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-K-A mother wakes up one morning to her young daughter's well-intentioned brand of pampering. First, the child attempts the traditional breakfast-in-bed treatment with decidedly mixed results. The rest of the day unfolds with the youngster making many misguided attempts at activities such as fixing her mother's hair and makeup, cleaning the house, and shopping. By evening, the woman collapses in a chair with an ice pack applied to her throbbing brow. The little girl is clearly contrite as she recognizes, "Oops-maybe I need more practice being a mom," but still finds a way to make her mother smile. Mildly exaggerated cartoon illustrations help embellish this simple, humorous tale. Although this story doesn't cover any new ground, it is written in accessible language. While it does not specifically mention any particular day, it could be used to supplement the rather scanty number of offerings about Mother's Day.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Despite all the pop and fizz, this story of a mother getting the full Mother's Day treatment from her young daughter suffers from the relentlessly pained expression on the mother's face. "Mother, may I, on your special day, be the mom to you today?" The little sprite, her demeanor speaking volumes, has the devil in her. Mother already looks wary and exhausted, and this is the first page, the start of the day. There follows the predictable debacle: messes here, mayhem there, all-credit where credit is due-rendered in great plashes of watercolor by Wummer. Mother spends most of the day with an ice bag on her head, darkening circles under her eyes, while her daughter engages in a jet-propelled ballet of destruction. Then-no surprise-the grim, overcast skies clear when the young tyke tootles out an "I love you" at day's end. There and then, the mother might have murmured something for all the literal trouble the girl went to. But, churlishly, nary a word of appreciation is peeped. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525469889
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/29/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.18 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Wummer lives in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is the illustrator of many books for children, including recent Horrible Harry books, in addition to several from the Night Before series.

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