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Kirkus Reviews Perfect for cozy moments.
School Library Journal A welcome addition to Mother's Day collections and family storytimes.
"Author and artist explore the depths, delights and ferocity of the mother-child bond, and their foray into unabashed emotion works well," wrote PW. Ages 1-5. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bauer (If You Were Born a Kitten) and Elwell (Three Brave Women) explore the depths, delights and ferocity of the mother-child bond and for the most part, their foray into unabashed emotion works well. Bauer's rhymed text brings to mind the poignant vulnerability of a mash note from a young child: "My mother is pretty./ My mother is brave./ My mother still loves me when I misbehave." But because the sentences are parceled out one per page, the effect is never cloying. Elwell's stunning, diaphanous pastel illustrations flirt with the conventions of calendar art: his characterizations are mostly grounded in a realistic appreciation of the natural world, but the gauzy surfaces and the intensity of the animals' expressions are the stuff of pure romanticism. A tiger mother beams with pride as she carries her pliant cub by the scruff of the neck; a vigilant mother horned owl is regarded with utter adoration by her little puffball baby. Unfortunately, the final sequence, showing a girl creating a greeting card for her mother, lacks the intensity of the animal illustrations; the child's expressions seem a bit clich d. An actual card bearing the same illustration as that on the girl's is included inside the back cover. Ages 1-5. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
In a brief sentence for each two-page spread, children of various species tell something special about their mothers. There are rhymes along with the love expressed in these simple statements"She holds me tight." "She never forgets to kiss me good night." This book is meant for reassuring reading and re-reading in a comfortable relationship. Elwell's naturalistic illustrations are simple scenes of each pair, including a young girl at the end, created with a fuzzy warmth that reinforces the text's message. The creatures are not named, but their identification could be part of the shared reading with pre-schoolers. A greeting card with one of the rhymes is included. 2001, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $13.00. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This book captures the warmth of a mother-child relationship in verse and illustrations. Each spread features a full-page picture of a baby animal interacting with its mother, along with a page of text explaining what makes that parent special. "My mother is soft" appears opposite two sheep cuddled together; "My mother is strong" shows a tiger carrying her cub in her mouth; and two owls sitting together on a branch illustrate "My mother watches me long and long." Young children will recognize the parallels between their own families and those of the animals, as a baby bird is given a worm ("My mother feeds me"), and a kangaroo rides safely inside its mother's pouch ("She holds me tight"). The soft focus of Elwell's pastel illustrations is well suited to the gentle rhythms of the text. The end of the book reveals a young girl drawing pictures of the animals, making a card for her mother with the inscription: "My mother is special./My mother is fine./My mother,/my mother,/my mother is mine!" A welcome addition to Mother's Day collections and family storytimes.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
In a sweetly sentimental ode to motherhood, with a gently rhyming text, Bauer (Grandmother's Song, 2000, etc.) extols the virtues of Mom, as seen through the eyes of a bevy of animal babies. The infants' encomiums reflect the distinct attributes of their particular species; a tiger cub's mother is strong while a ewe is soft, and a giraffe's mom is "tall and tall and tall." Bauer's simple text is a celebration of the multitude of tiny acts that define motherhood: loving hugs, watchful care, goodnight kisses. Elwell's softly hued, pastel illustrations radiate warmth; slightly blurred images artfully reflect the loving bonds between mother and child, regardless of the species. Each two-page spread contains an accolade printed in oversized text on a delicately colored background rendered in a palette of twilight colors: translucent lavender, soft sage, luminescent blue. On the facing page is a full-color, full-bleed illustration depicting a different mother and child. Elwell's studies encompass an array of animal life, both domestic and wild, featuring docile sheep, howling wolves, and leaping kangaroos, culminating in a tender portrayal of a human mother/daughter pair. This reverent tribute to a mother's devotion also serves to remind mothers of the extraordinary way their children perceive them. An inviting tale: just perfect for cozy moments and quiet read-alouds. (Greeting card included) (Picture book. 1-5)