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Snug in Mama's Arms
     

Snug in Mama's Arms

by Angela Shelf Medearis, John Sandford (Illustrator)
 

This gentle bedtime story celebrates the comforting reassurance young children feel when snuggled in their mothers’ arms. The soothing text and gentle illustrations offer a heartwarming tribute to the universal importance of a mother’s loving embrace as she lulls her little one to sleep.

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This gentle bedtime story celebrates the comforting reassurance young children feel when snuggled in their mothers’ arms. The soothing text and gentle illustrations offer a heartwarming tribute to the universal importance of a mother’s loving embrace as she lulls her little one to sleep.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This beautiful book depicts the age-old ritual of a mother putting her child to bed. The book accurately describes the routine with beautiful illustrations and a wonderful lullaby. After the toys have been tucked away, the child crawls snugly into mama's arms, where all is well and baby is safe and secure. The lullaby includes lines describing the same warmth of a mother's arms in the animal kingdom. My ten-month-old enjoyed looking at the realistic and beautiful pictures and it has quickly become one of her favorites. John Sandford's illustrations brought the lullaby to life and peacefully and beautifully demonstrated the security of a mother's arms. It is very colorful and provides a wonderful addition to the age-old practice of putting a child to bed with a bedtime story. Although this book shows an African American mother and daughter, this is a universal story that all can enjoy. 2004, Gingham Dog Press/McGraw-Hill, Ages 1 to 4.
—Gilda R. Daniels
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Medearis depicts a close-knit African-American family in this beautifully illustrated bedtime story. As a mother prepares her daughter for bed, she agrees to just one more story, even though "You're yawning and you're nodding, my little sleepyhead." After helping the girl tuck in all of her toys, Mama describes how different creatures settle down for the night: "Each mother bird and baby bird have nestled in the trees,/while daddy fish and baby fish rock gently in the seas." Ultimately, it is the comfort of cuddling in Mama's arms and the sound of her voice that bring on restful slumber. The author's soothing rhymes are enhanced by the rich, earth-tone paintings that evoke the quiet mood. Showing cozy scenes of the parent and child as well as the nocturnal natural world, the illustrations create a sense of love, warmth, and safety. Printed in an elegant font against a neutral background, the boxed text blends seamlessly with the artwork. Naptime or bedtime, this book will lull little ones to sleep without a fuss.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781577684305
Publisher:
School Specialty Publishing
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 8 Years

Meet the Author

With over 70 books in print, Angela Shelf Medearis is an author who combines a great love for children's literature with a particular attention to the reading needs of young African Americans. "I write the kind of books I always longed to find in the library when I was a child", she says. Books were an essential part of Medearis's own early 1960's childhood, giving her a sense of continuity and identity throughout her family's many moves.

Today, she spends as much time encouraging literacy in all students as she does promoting African-American subjects. Medearis founded and directs Book Boosters, a multicultural program for all grade levels that concentrates on reading, creative writing and drama. She currently works as a reading consultant for the McGraw-Hill Reading Program. Mrs. Medearis lives in Austin, Texas.

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