Your Kind of Mommy

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What kind of mommy is just right? An octopus mommy with eight arms to hold you? A shaggy dog mommy with a big tail to wag for you? A buzzy bee mommy with a sweet honey treat for you? The right kind of mommy is all of these, and the right kind of mommy is the one you have.

Marjorie Parker's joyful, reassuring text pairs beautifully with Cyd Moore's exuberant art showing all kinds of loving animal moms and their babies to create a picture-book ...

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Overview

What kind of mommy is just right? An octopus mommy with eight arms to hold you? A shaggy dog mommy with a big tail to wag for you? A buzzy bee mommy with a sweet honey treat for you? The right kind of mommy is all of these, and the right kind of mommy is the one you have.

Marjorie Parker's joyful, reassuring text pairs beautifully with Cyd Moore's exuberant art showing all kinds of loving animal moms and their babies to create a picture-book celebration of love.

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Children's Literature - Sara Lorimer
"If I could be an octopus, I'd wrap eight arms around you, But I am not THAT kind of mommy, and I know my hugs will do." On through buzzing bees, elephants, wallabies, timber wolves, and other animals, a mother tells her young daughter what she would do if she were a different kind of mother. "No I am not an octopus, I am not a wallaby, but I am YOUR kind of mommy, And that is the best thing I could be!" It is sweet, it is charming, and it would make a fine cuddle-up-together-on-the-sofa story. The illustrations are equally charming in a style that reminds me of Roz Chast but without the humor (and that is not meant as an insult; they are just not funny drawings). The illustrator has done a good job of expanding the text. For example, the page where she says that she is not a humpback whale sort of mommy shows the mother and daughter on the beach with big fish kites. If your child has grown too old for Jez Alboroughs Hug, this is a good follow-up.
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In comparing a human mother and child to their animal counterparts, this book finds a way to be original and sweet without being sappy. A repetitive pattern in the text is given dynamic form through the drama of the turning of the page. Throughout the book, the first of two spreads presents an animal in its natural setting, in one case a stream in the jungle: "If I could be an elephant,/my trunk would sprinkle you…." The following pages then show the mother and child together, "But I'm not THAT kind of mommy,/and I know my baths will do." The illustrator makes connections between the two spreads so that, in this example, a toy elephant sits on the edge of the bathtub. In another pairing, timber wolves are depicted howling at the moon on a starlit night. On the next page, the mother sings lullabies to her child, the same sky behind them, as they snuggle on a porch swing. The art is vibrant and expressive, with the mother and child making a friendly and secure duo. The text is printed in a curve, adding to the fluidity of the page; it encapsulates the book's theme with a final statement, "No—I am not an octopus,/I'm not a wallaby/but I am YOUR kind of mommy,/And that's the best thing I could be!" This celebration of mothers will get young listeners thinking about some of the basic connections among all creatures.
—Martha TopolCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525469896
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/22/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 10.16 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Marjorie Parker lives in Denver, Colorado.
Cyd Moore lives in Beverly Hills, Michigan.

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