What NOT to Give Your Mom on Mother's Day

What NOT to Give Your Mom on Mother's Day

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by Martha Seif Simpson
     
 

A little boy offers advice on what NOT to give your mom on Mother’s Day, unless she’s an animal. For example, don’t give her a rotting log unless she’s a salamander or a bunch of flies unless she’s a spider!See more details below

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A little boy offers advice on what NOT to give your mom on Mother’s Day, unless she’s an animal. For example, don’t give her a rotting log unless she’s a salamander or a bunch of flies unless she’s a spider!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Anne Pechnyo
As the title alludes, What Not to Give your Mom on Mother's Day gives the reader advice on unpleasant, but often times funny, gift choices if one's mother is a human. On the left-hand page of each two-page spread, the narrator (assumed to be the blonde-haired boy in each picture) gives an example of something one should not give his or her human mother. On the right-hand page, though, the narrator tells of an animal mother who would find that same gift completely appropriate. For example, the reader is advised on one left-hand page to not give their mother a beat-up shoe, but the right-hand page says "unless she is a dog." Young readers and listeners will delight in seeing the human mother given each gift and the animal mother enjoying the gift on the next page. Christy's digital illustrations support Simpson's words, and add to the predictable "Do NOT give her...unless she is a..." text by giving the reader or listener clues to the new gifts and animals. This will make a fun addition to home libraries, showing children and their caregivers funny alternatives to typical Mother's Day presents. Reviewer: Anne Pechnyo
Kirkus Reviews
An adorable, rosy-cheeked blond boy decked out in overalls has some advice for readers about Mother's Day gifts. It's really more nonadvice, as he freely tells readers what she won't appreciate. "Do NOT give her a bucket of big, fat worms… / unless she is a bird." Left-hand pages show the boy inappropriately gifting his mother, while right-hand pages show the appropriate animals enjoying the gifts: "Tweet, tweet! Plump, juicy worms!" A beat-up shoe is a poor gift choice…unless your mom is a dog. Save the dead flies for spider moms, the rotting log for a salamander and the block of salt for the deer. Cross sticks, a mound of termites, a mud puddle and mosquitoes off the shopping list. And as for what the pint-sized tyke does recommend? Well, a hug and a kiss, of course. Brilliant hues and patterns fill Christy's spreads, which highlight just the right details for younger readers. But strangely, the mother comes off as a bit of a layabout and interacts very little with her child. Her activities include a bubble bath, reading in a comfy chair, coffee on the porch and lying in the hammock--in that order, which is also a bit odd--and culminate in a shared dessert with her little boy. Certainly cute and good animal practice for little ones, but there's just something off about this one. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477816479
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Pages:
22
Sales rank:
570,234
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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