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Where Is My Mommy?
     

Where Is My Mommy?

by Julie Downing
 

Every child who has ever wondered why Mommy isn't right nearby all the time will be amused and comforted by Julie Downing's captivating new picture book.

You will have fun with Where Is My Mommy? Reading it aloud will quickly become like a favorite game of peekaboo as your child begins to anticipate each reassuring answer and greets again young animal

Overview

Every child who has ever wondered why Mommy isn't right nearby all the time will be amused and comforted by Julie Downing's captivating new picture book.

You will have fun with Where Is My Mommy? Reading it aloud will quickly become like a favorite game of peekaboo as your child begins to anticipate each reassuring answer and greets again young animal friends.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Reassurance is the order of the day in this gentle offering about young animals (including the human variety) reuniting with their mothers. In warm, soft-focus watercolors, Downing (A Ride on the Red Mare's Back) presents a sequence of sweetly rendered familiar creatures (baby rabbit, baby skunk, puppy, etc.), each given two spreads. The first shows the animal alone, looking particularly winsome, while the facing page asks, "Where is my mommy?" The second, rendered as full-bleed, shows the animal tended by its mother. The bunny's mom, for example, nuzzles her child ("She's waking me up"), the bluebird mom feeds her fledglings ("She's bringing me home"). The human child caps the book, playing peek-a-boo; his (or her-the child's gender is not specific) mother joins the game ("Mommy is here!"). While the theme may be familiar, Downing's minimal text and friendly, inviting watercolors demonstrate her keen understanding of the needs of toddlers as they overcome separation anxiety. Ages 1-4. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Author and illustrator, Julie Downing, shares with readers that her daughter Anna was the inspiration for this reassuring picture book, which explains why the text and pictures seem to come from a child's heart. Baby animals, including a rabbit, a skunk, a chipmunk, a kitten, and a puppy join tiny birds in the question posed in the title. Each query is answered by natural, nurturing responses from the mother. Finally, there is a toddler playing peek-a-boo with its mom and the clincher page reveals that Mommy is just where readers hope that she will be. Each animal has its own page for wondering about the whereabouts of the parent, allowing little listeners to anticipate and predict where the mommy might be. Then, as the next page is turned, the reassuring response reveals that wherever she is, mommy's thoughts are always with her child. For working mothers, or for any mom whose child feels anxious at having to be separated from maternal security, this volume offers the warm assurance of a favorite blanket. 2003, HarperCollins Publishers,
— Janice DeLong
School Library Journal
PreS-Different animals ask the title question and receive an answer that depends on what each mother is doing, from waking up baby rabbit and washing baby skunk's face to bringing baby bird's food. The last to ask the question is a child, and the answer is, "Mommy is here!" The minimal text and large, soft watercolor illustrations are reminiscent of Nancy Tafuri's work. Each question is centered on its own white page with the baby animal opposite, followed by a spread filled with parent and baby, and the answer. The book's simplicity is underlined by this consistent pattern. This title will be comforting for babies, while for toddlers, the question can become a refrain and each answer, a guessing game. Mothers are a favorite subject for this age group. Make room for this one on picture-book shelves as it stands up admirably to the others.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688178253
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/07/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
1 - 4 Years

Meet the Author

Julie Downing is the illustrator of many popular books for children, including The Firekeeper's Son by Linda Sue Park, Tom Mouse by Ursula K. Le Guin, Come Aboard Noah's Ark by Deborah Chancellor, Where Is My Mommy? which she also authored, and a First Book of Fairy Tales retold by Mary Hoffman. She lives in California.

Julie Downing is the illustrator of many popular books for children, including The Firekeeper's Son by Linda Sue Park, Tom Mouse by Ursula K. Le Guin, Come Aboard Noah's Ark by Deborah Chancellor, Where Is My Mommy? which she also authored, and a First Book of Fairy Tales retold by Mary Hoffman. She lives in California.

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