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Mama Outside, Mama Inside
     

Mama Outside, Mama Inside

by Dianna Hutts Aston, Susan Gaber (Illustrator)
 

The perfect book for Mother's Day!

A mother has lots of preparation to do when expecting a baby—whether she's a bird weaving a nest in the tree outside, or a woman setting up a nursery inside her home. In this heartwarming picture book, two mothers share a common love of their babies, until one day it's time for Mama Outside to follow her babies into

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The perfect book for Mother's Day!

A mother has lots of preparation to do when expecting a baby—whether she's a bird weaving a nest in the tree outside, or a woman setting up a nursery inside her home. In this heartwarming picture book, two mothers share a common love of their babies, until one day it's time for Mama Outside to follow her babies into the sky and fly away.

Dianna Hutts Aston details the experience of motherhood in lyrical prose, and Susan Gaber's illustrations beautifully render the inside and outside lives of two new mothers.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This lovely story parallels the actions of two mothers—one a human, the other a bluebird—as they prepare to give birth. Mama Outside searches for just the right spot to build her nest; Mama Inside finds just the right room for the nursery. Mama Outside softens her nest with moss; Mama Inside cozies her cradle with a blanket "the color of sunshine." Long days pass—waiting days—until Mama Outside hears her babies' first chirps and Mama Inside hears her baby's first cries. Then it is time for both mamas to feed their newborns "all through the day and all through the night" as Daddy helps. The two mothers acknowledge each other when Mama Outside listens to Mama Inside's singing, and Mama Inside listens to Mama Outside's cooing. This sweet book's lilting text and inviting images make it the perfect goodnight read for youngsters. As they drift toward slumber, they will be reminded of just how much their mothers anticipated their births. 2006, Henry Holt and Company, Ages 4 to 8.
—Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Warm, expressive paintings make this picture book a joyful experience. A human mother (Mama Inside) elaborates on the days that she spends awaiting the arrival of her baby, while a bluebird (Mama Outside) awaits her little ones. The author relates the similar experiences of the two expectant mothers-and fathers-as they prepare for the days ahead. When the babies arrive, there is time for song, food, rocking, and a good deal of growing. This heartwarming look at families is irresistible.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A pretty book with a pretty conceit: A young pregnant mother prepares for her baby as the bluebird outside her window builds a nest and hatches her eggs. Mama knits a sunlit yellow blanket, while Daddy paints a sky-blue room; the mother bird makes the nest with stuff gathered by the father bluebird. Eventually, the eggshells crack and the baby birds cheep; the human baby is born, shown delicately and tastefully on a blanket. The bird parents bring their babies insects and berries; Daddy helps settle a blanket near Mama as she discreetly nurses her babe. The acrylic paintings are lovely and textured, and soft touches of blue connect the bird to the room, the baby and its parents in varying spots or full- and double-page spreads. A gentle reminder of nature's parallels. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805077162
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/04/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.37(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Dianna Hutts Aston is the author of several picture books, including On the Day You Were Born. She lives in rural Texas with her husband and two children.

Susan Gaber is the illustrator of When Winter Comes as well as many other books for children. She lives in Huntington, New York, with her family.

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