Taking Care of Mama

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It's not easy to fill mom's shoes!

Mama raccoon is sick in bed, so Papa and the kids pitch in to do the cooking and cleaning and take care of Baby Mabel. It should be a breeze, right? But taking care of a family is harder than it looks. As the lovable raccoons bumble their way through the household chores, doing their best to take care of Mama, too, readers will laugh out loud at the mess they manage to make-and clean up just in the nick of ...

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Overview

It's not easy to fill mom's shoes!

Mama raccoon is sick in bed, so Papa and the kids pitch in to do the cooking and cleaning and take care of Baby Mabel. It should be a breeze, right? But taking care of a family is harder than it looks. As the lovable raccoons bumble their way through the household chores, doing their best to take care of Mama, too, readers will laugh out loud at the mess they manage to make-and clean up just in the nick of time.

Mitra Modarressi's endearing illustrations of the raccoon family in its cozy tree house are the perfect accompaniment to this tribute to mothers everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When Mama Raccoon catches a cold, her husband and kids insist she stay in bed: “ 'Well, I might sleep/ A few minutes more...'/ We tuck Mama in/ And shut the door.” Modarressi tells the story from the giddy perspective of two children. Whispering, “Tiptoe, tiptoe,” they bring Mama medicine, but in ironic contrast to these helpful voices, Modarressi pictures a household in chaos (a baby sibling plays with muddy, fresh-picked veggies, and the kitchen is a disaster). The result is an affectionate tribute to mothers who deserve a sick day (or a holiday), and wry instructions on how to treat them right. Ages 3-5. (Mar.)
Booklist
The watercolor scenes of the anthropomorphized raccoons capture cozy family chaos, while the smooth text makes this a good read-aloud choice.
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Mama has a fever and the doctor's orders are to stay in bed. Papa and the three children insist that she stay in bed while they take care of the household. Fatigued by illness, Mama quickly drifts to sleep. Meanwhile, Papa cooks breakfast as the two older siblings help out with the preparations and watch their baby sister. Periodically, they check in on Mama to see how she is doing. Although the family manages to keep the household running, most of the activity centers around getting different meals ready. Their efforts lead to a messy house by dinner time. Papa and the children hurry to clean up and speed up their efforts when Mama announces that she feels better and will be joining them for dinner. Raccoons portray the members of the family and the watercolor illustrations fill the pages with efforts of the family pitching in while Mama gets well. The story is in poetic verse which keeps the story moving at an active pace. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In rhyming text, an anthropomorphized raccoon family must cope when Mama is stuck in bed with a fever. Of course, even with every other family member working hard, it is challenging to manage everything that Mama usually does all by herself. The soft watercolor cartoon illustrations flesh out the simple story and provide great punch lines to the text. In the end, Mama is surprised by how well her family has managed during her illness, but the last comical spread shows that she is in for yet another surprise.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
When Mama takes sick, the doctor orders bedrest. "But there's work to do," she protests. "You rest, Mama, WE'LL take care of YOU!" This well-meaning raccoon dad and three kits proceed to make breakfast, lunch, dinner-and (predictably) a terrible mess. Mama calls down that she's feeling much better, sending dad and kits into a frenzy of cleaning. If the story line is nothing new and the verse nothing brilliant, graphically, these raccoons are hot stuff. Pear-shaped, with tiny pipestem legs and feet, their beady eyes and pointy noses elevate them well above the common ruck of cute, anthropomorphized animal while still keeping them entirely child-friendly. The hollow-tree home that serves as the setting provides a bright, visually uncluttered background for the action. Nice work-this young illustrator is going places. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399252167
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/18/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,404,269
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Mitra Modarressi is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She also wrote and illustrated Stay Awake, Sally, and has illustrated several picture books, including Timothy Tugbottom Says No! She lives in San Francisco, California.

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