My Mommy

My Mommy

by Susan Paradis, Handprint
     
 

Mothers and daughters. A more complex or profound relationship cannot be found. From morning to bedtime, My Mommy portrays in simple words and deeply resonant pictures the breadth and depth of a little girl's feelings for her mommy. Of My Daddy, Susan Paradis' highly acclaimed companion volume, the New York Time Book Review said, "There's a light touch at play here

Overview

Mothers and daughters. A more complex or profound relationship cannot be found. From morning to bedtime, My Mommy portrays in simple words and deeply resonant pictures the breadth and depth of a little girl's feelings for her mommy. Of My Daddy, Susan Paradis' highly acclaimed companion volume, the New York Time Book Review said, "There's a light touch at play here that somehow works with the rich colors and sense of magic to make the book's final pages mysteriously affecting and the inevitable hug genuinely heartwarming."

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Billed as a companion book to the much-acclaimed My Daddy, this book celebrates the relationship between a young girl and her mother. The text is quite simple—it just declaims many of the things that this little girl's mommy does—she feeds her, holds her tight, responds to her cries, washes her and tucks her into bed. She also helps her daughter venture out on her own and allows her space to develop and grow. What sets this book apart from other with similar themes is the art. In addition to the human characters, there are a host of animals with their young. The birds, elephants, tigers and others are also providing the same kind of care and nurturing to their offspring. Sometimes it takes a little extra effort to spot some of the animals, but kids will probably not have any trouble. The book offers a great opportunity to explore relationships and to also demonstrated that they are not limited to people. 2002, Front Street,
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In this companion to My Daddy (Front St., 1998), a little girl lists the many ways her mom cares for her, from braiding her hair in the morning to tending to her scrapes and bruises. These demonstrations may seem ordinary, but through the eyes of the child they are magically powerful moments, such as when Mother opens the star-speckled night, like a drape, to reveal the morning sun. Paradis's illustrations are joyful, luminous, and surprisingly mysterious. Animals, usually mother-baby pairs, are whimsically placed within the full-page color pictures of the youngster and her mother. These wild creatures provide a sense of the universality of motherhood. The text is simple and straightforward, a contrast to the art, which sets the mood and tone of the book. The unusual cover illustration combines the mystery and comforting potency of motherhood, as the child receives a gift of the moon from her mom, who has climbed a ladder to the sky to get it for her. With words on the left pages and illustrations opposite, this title is an attractive and well-designed choice for picture-book collections.-Carol L. MacKay, Camrose Public Library, Alberta, Canada Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Paradis (My Daddy, 1998) turns her keen eye towards the unique bonds shared by mother and child. Brief declarative sentences describe the myriad activities a mother undertakes from dawn to dusk in the care and nurturing of her child. Yet these succinct statements become an eloquent avowal of a mother's love through Paradis's deft blending of text and enchanting images. Each spread features either a statement or a sentence fragment pertaining to a typical motherly action, printed in oversized bold face ("My mommy feeds me / and helps me start the day . . . She holds me tight / and let's me go") with a full-bleed painting on the facing page. Gentle brush strokes in varying hues of darkness and lightness enliven the serene background colors of the text pages. The illustrations are multi-dimensional; an animal pair mirrors the activity of the human mother and child. In one spread, a mother braids her daughter's hair as a gorilla simultaneously picks through its offspring's fur. Occasionally, the animal must be sought out, as in the elephant mother that frames the picture of the two children and the human parent who leans against the elephant's leg as though it were a tree. Other paintings feature wildlife either observing or participating in the activities, such as the illustration that whimsically portrays a human and tiger mother observing their respective little ones riding a merry-go-round. Inserted into nearly every the picture is the ethereal figure of a mother stork, appearing somewhere in each scene much in the fashion of a benevolent guardian, who while nearly hidden, is always present. Cozy and comforting, Paradis's tale is a testament to a mother's devotion and a joy to read.(Picture book. 2-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886910737
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
11/07/2002
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 11.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Susan Paradis has taught art for over 20 years and has written and illustrated numerous books for children, including Brass Buttons by Crescent Dragonwagon. She lives in Merrimac, MA.

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