A Present for Mom

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"French's simple tale rings true for little ones, reminding them that their love is truly the most precious gift of all." —KIRKUS REVIEWS

Mother's Day is tomorrow, and all of Stanley's siblings have something special to give to Mom. Everyone except Stanley, that is. Being the baby of the family, Stanley is having a very hard time finding just the right gift. But after a night of fretful dreams — when it's almost too late — Stanley comes up with an idea for a present that will ...

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Overview

"French's simple tale rings true for little ones, reminding them that their love is truly the most precious gift of all." —KIRKUS REVIEWS

Mother's Day is tomorrow, and all of Stanley's siblings have something special to give to Mom. Everyone except Stanley, that is. Being the baby of the family, Stanley is having a very hard time finding just the right gift. But after a night of fretful dreams — when it's almost too late — Stanley comes up with an idea for a present that will last forever. With winsome illustrations by Dana Kubick, Vivian French's story of a memorable Mother's Day will resonate with children and parents all year long.

Stanley has trouble deciding what to give his mother for Mother's Day.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
On the day before Mother's Day, the winsome feline hero has yet to find a present. "French's use of detail gives her story its individuality," according to PW. "Kubick evokes the sweetness of an earlier era." Ages 3-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In A Present for Mom, Stanley searches for the perfect Mother's Day gift. After consulting with his older siblings, he tries picking flowers and making a mud cake; but each effort meets with disaster. Finally Stanley hits upon just the right thing: a beautifully wrapped box full of kisses. Vivian French's gentle story speaks to the spirit of young children, who often wish to give and not just receive. Dana Kubick's watercolors depict the world of creative youngsters busily fixing bikes and whipping up kitchen concoctions. Instead of the usual blankness, Kubick decorates front and back pages with "photos," showing Mom's specialness throughout the year and rounding out this portrait of a loving family. 2002, Candlewick,
— Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This charming Mother's Day story depicts family togetherness and love in a single-parent household. Stanley, the youngest of four kittens, can't decide on a gift for his mother. Stumped, he asks each of his siblings what they are giving. His brother says he will give their mother flowers. "`Good idea,' said Stanley" and he rushes off to pick some flowers from the garden. But "by the time he got back inside, all the petals had fallen off." Stanley then goes on to ask his two older sisters for advice but comes up with no ideas. Troubled, the kitten tosses and turns all night, worrying about what to do. The next morning, his siblings gather in Stanley's room to offer last-minute advice, triggering an idea for the perfect present. The cartoon illustrations, done in watercolor, gouache, and pencil, dominate the book, showing the dejected kitten as his ears droop, whiskers quiver, and tail drags with each failed effort to produce a gift. One very nice touch is the progression of family photos on the endpapers and title pages. The bright colors and expressive characters combined with the heartwarming story make this a noteworthy addition to picture-book collections. Children will identify with Stanley, his quest, and his ultimate triumph.-Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
With Mother's Day fast approaching, young Stanley feverishly attempts to find the perfect present for his dear old mum. After all, his three older siblings have already found their ideal gifts. Yet somehow, their offerings just aren't the right choice for Stanley: his handpicked flowers quickly shed their petals, a raid on his bank box elicits a lone puzzle piece, and his mud cake turns into a mud slide. Forlorn, the kitten retires to bed with dreams of elusive gifts flitting through his head. A little advice from his oldest sister sets Stanley in the right direction and he learns that a gift doesn't have to be costly or elaborate—just full of good intentions. When Mother's Day dawns, Stanley's box of kisses turns out to be the best present he could give. French's (Oliver's Milk Shake, 2001, etc.) simple tale rings true for little ones, reminding them that their love is truly the most precious gift of all. Kubick's (Cats, Cats, and More Cats, not reviewed) watercolor and gouache illustrations are precisely drawn and vividly hued, filled with pattern and detail. Whimsical touches are freely scattered throughout the pictures, from the cat motif of the upholstery to the feline-shaped teapot perched on the kitchen shelf. Little Stanley, with his sooty ears and crumpled whiskers, is bound to work his way into reader's affections. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763626921
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Vivian French has written many acclaimed books for children, including GROWING FROGS, illustrated by Alison Bartlett. Of A PRESENT FOR MOM, she says, "Dana has drawn Stanley to look exactly like my cat, Louis. But he talks and thinks like my daughter Nancy. She’s the youngest of four, just like Stanley, and she says it doesn’t make life easy!"

Dana Kubick has designed everything from greeting cards to teapots. Her work has been widely exhibited, and she has illustrated a number of children’s books. Of A PRESENT FOR MOM, she says, "I fell in love with Stanley, and he took over my life for a while. My friends would ask after him as if he were the newest member of our family. I think, in a way, he is."

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