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Mama's Kiss
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Mama's Kiss

by Jane Yolen, Daniel Baxter (Illustrator)
 

The kiss Mama blew to her little girl goes merrily astray, slipping and sliding and sashaying from cheek to cheek . . . until it finally lands just right where it belonged. Told in jaunty verse, award-winning Jane Yolen's clever fantasy offers warm and witty affirmation that it is indeed love that makes the world go round.

Overview

The kiss Mama blew to her little girl goes merrily astray, slipping and sliding and sashaying from cheek to cheek . . . until it finally lands just right where it belonged. Told in jaunty verse, award-winning Jane Yolen's clever fantasy offers warm and witty affirmation that it is indeed love that makes the world go round.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Although the title suggests sentimentality, that notion disappears with the first look inside this snappy square-format book. Yolen's jaunty rhymes are short and sweet; debut illustrator Baxter's droll, cartoonlike pictures practically jump from page to page. Mama's kiss, shown as a winged pair of lips, is first tossed across the bedroom at her daughter, but misses and "sails off toward Baby Brother. Baby burps, the kiss goes wide,/ Through the window and outside./ Catches Dog upon the nose." Subsequently traveling through the neighborhood, transferred from creature to creature, including a family of bears, the kiss eventually lands on a runner "jogging home to help his wife,/ The one he's loved for his whole life"-Mama. The traditional poetic meter creates a reassuring effect, and both words and pictures deliver plenty of giggles. Ages 3-6. (Dec.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-K

Mama throws a kiss, depicted as rosy lips with cupid wings, but it misses the curly-haired narrator. It travels via breezes, sneezes, and a runner from baby brother to family pets, Honey Bee, and bears to end up that evening back where it belongs, on the little girl's cheek. "A kiss can go the world around,/And come back where it should be found." Yolen's text is verb-rich with burps, bumps, and spins to keep the action rolling. Baxter's pen-and-ink drawings trace the kiss's journey with pink arrows flowing amid varyingly detailed scenes that match the pace of the text. A cheerful palette and autumn scenes further enhance the appeal of this cozy lap-sit selection.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

Kirkus Reviews
When Mama throws her curly-headed little girl a handful of kisses, "Most land right, but one kiss misses. / Mama says she'll throw another, / It sails off toward Baby Brother." This begins a peregrination that takes that wayward kiss through the neighborhood, into the woods and back (via "a runner's hair"-Papa, the reader sees) to the little girl it was meant for, spreading affection wherever it lands. Yolen's meter never falters, providing a rollicking counterpoint to Baxter's drolly energetic cartoon vignettes, the winged-lipped kiss tying all visually together. Sweet-but not saccharine-good-hearted fun. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811866835
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
10/03/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

The author of over 300 books, including children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, Jane Yolen is perhaps best known for Owl Moon, a sweet and tender picture book written in verse about a father taking his child out owling. She is also the author of The Devil’s Arithmetic, a historical fiction novella about a girl who is transported back in time to Poland during WWII.

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