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So goes the refrain throughout Sue Alexander's book One More Time, Mama. In this beautifully written picture book, an appreciation for life and love radiates throughout as text and illustrations blend as one.
A young daughter questions her mother about the precious time before her birth, the time of waiting. Mother answers her daughter by describing the changing seasons as they passed. After each season's activities are recounted, she is gently nudged on by the child's recurring refrain.
Alexander's lyrical prose moves across the pages as gracefully as the seasons cycle through our lives. She examines the intricate details of nature and its delicate balance of wildlife through this loving dialogue between mother and child, a dialogue so familiar and so grounded in the time of waiting.
The illustrator, David Soman, brings this story to life with full-page watercolors. His artwork builds upon nature's vivid palette and subtly changes with the seasons as each page is turned. Most memorable of all are the warm reds and golds that characterize the mother-daughter relationship. Soman is best known for his illustrations of Angela Johnson's picture books. His latest work is Only One Cowry: A Dahomean Tale, a picture book written by Phillis Gershator.
Sue Alexander's One More Time, Mama is the perfect selection for a bedtime read. Her expert prose leaves plenty of room for expressions of love and shared memories. The tone is much like that of her book Sara's City (1995), published by Clarion Books. Alexander's latest picture book is Behold The Trees, illustrated by Leonid Gore and published by Arthur A. Levine. She is the author of many books for children of all ages.