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Mama Will Be Home Soon
     

Mama Will Be Home Soon

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by Nancy Minchella, Keiko Narahashi (Illustrator)
 

This sweet family story addresses a young child's separation anxiety, with lyrical text and bright watercolor illustrations. Genuine, warm, and minimally-worded to be accessible for the very young.

Lili is spending a few days with Grandma while Mama is away. She knows Mama will be home "soon"--but when is soon? Whenever Lili catches a glimpse of yellow, she's

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This sweet family story addresses a young child's separation anxiety, with lyrical text and bright watercolor illustrations. Genuine, warm, and minimally-worded to be accessible for the very young.

Lili is spending a few days with Grandma while Mama is away. She knows Mama will be home "soon"--but when is soon? Whenever Lili catches a glimpse of yellow, she's certain that Mama's come home at last! But the yellow she sees is just a sundress, a balloon, an umbrella...and Lili starts to lose hope. Grandma comforts her with kind words and trips to circus and beach, till, at last, Mama returns with a warm hug & a special yellow hat for Lili. First-time author Nancy Minchella crafts a gentle story of separation and reassurance, illustrated in the vivid watercolors of Keiko Narahashi.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Compassion and understanding ripple through Michella's perceptive debut, about a girl left with her grandmother for a few days. As Mama boards the ferry, she tells Lili she will be back "very soon," and asks her to look for her yellow hat in the crowd when she returns. The days crawl by, and whenever Lili spies a yellow object in the distance (a sunflower, umbrella, balloon), she hopes that it's Mama's hat. After several such disappointments, she tearfully tells Grandma, "Soon is over and she's not here." Of course Mama does return, bringing Lili a yellow hat of her own. Minchella certainly knows her preschoolers-the incomprehensibility of time ("Is tomorrow soon?"), the impatience ("I don't think Mama's ever coming home") and the waves of sorrow that can hit a vulnerable child any time, even at a circus. There, Narahashi's (Here Comes the Year) watercolors depict the spectators as gray and hazy, and the balloon a bright, symbolically joyful yellow. The illustrator's soft focus renders Lili and Grandma a bit amorphous, but the blurred edges and subdued tones support Minchella's empathetic mood. Ages 2-5. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Mama has to go away for a few days. Her young daughter, Lili, asks, "How will I find you?" Her mother responds, "You'll see my yellow hat." Lili and her grandmother watch as Mama boards the ferry. Lili looks out the window the next morning and sees something yellow. She anticipates that it is her mother but it is only her yellow sundress on the clothesline. They go to the circus, the beach and the park. In each place Lili is certain she sees her Mama's hat only to be disappointed. Finally, they return to the harbor and watch for the ferry. Mama returns home with a special gift for Lili—her own yellow hat. Minchella has captured a child's longing for her mother, the difficulty of understanding the passage of time, and the joy of being reunited. The watercolor illustrations show Grandma and Lili in warm, reassuring poses. Each speck of yellow that Lili sees is drawn in such a way that the reader will anticipate Mama's hat as well. A quietly reassuring story. 2003, Scholastic,
— Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Lili's mother is going away for a few days, leaving the child in her grandmother's care. The little girl wonders not only how long Mama will be gone but also how she'll find her again. Her mother gives her a reassuring reply-"You'll see my yellow hat." That comment just about undoes Lili over the course of the next several days. Bright yellow beach umbrellas, a dress on a clothesline, a balloon, and a sunflower all conspire to make her think her mother has returned, and Grandmother's soothing words ease her expectations only slightly. Finally, Mama returns, bringing Lili a yellow hat of her own. The watercolor illustrations are quiet except for the punctuations of yellow on each page. Some figures appear awkward and sometimes stiff. Susi Fowler's I'll See You When the Moon Is Full (Greenwillow, 1994) and Natalie Honeycutt's Whistle Home (Orchard, 1993; o.p.) are stronger titles on this topic.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Lili's mother is going away on a trip and Lili cannot help but miss her and yearn for her return. Walking Mama to the ferry landing, Lili asks her how she will find her. "You'll see my yellow hat," Mama assures her. Seeing her off, Lili watches as Mama's hat fades into the distance and then she clutches her Grandma's hand for the walk home. Over the next two days, Lili sees Mama's hat nearly everywhere she goes. Unfortunately, when she goes in for a closer view, she finds that the spots of yellow that she thought were her mother's hat are instead a circus balloon, a yellow sundress, a bright beach umbrella, and a sunflower. Despairing that Mama will ever return, Lili walks with her grandmother to meet the ferry. Yellow is everywhere; yellow hats, yellow pants, yellow sunglasses, and even a yellow duck-but no yellow hat. Finally, Lili spots a yellow hat in the crowd disembarking from the ferry and it's Mama. With a gift of a yellow hat for her very own, Mama clasps Lili tight against her, promising that she will always return. Soft washes of watercolors in muted tones set the perfect backdrop for the brightly colored story of the bond between a mother and daughter. A sunny tale. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439384919
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/02/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.02(w) x 10.46(h) x 0.07(d)
Lexile:
AD150L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Mama Will Be Home Soon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My children love this book, and so do I. This re-assuring book helps children understand that mom always comes back. Wonderful for the first day of preschool, child's first time with a new babysitter, or any situation where a child is sad that mom/dad is leaving. Beautifully written.