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Mommies are for Counting Stars
     

Mommies are for Counting Stars

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by Harriet Ziefert, Cynthia Jabar (Illustrator)
 

A mommy is a special person. She knows just how to kiss a boo-boo to make it feel better and how to do hair-dos. When you need an audience for your puppet show, a mommy will always watch. Lift the flaps and see all the ways a mommy is wonderful. This celebration of mothers is ideal for Mother's Day and for sharing throughout the year.

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A mommy is a special person. She knows just how to kiss a boo-boo to make it feel better and how to do hair-dos. When you need an audience for your puppet show, a mommy will always watch. Lift the flaps and see all the ways a mommy is wonderful. This celebration of mothers is ideal for Mother's Day and for sharing throughout the year.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Martha Cunningham
This book lists eighteen comforting things a "mommy" can do, from preparing food to being-there-to-lean-on, to having a baby. The climax appears to be the childbearing, so the book's aim may be to prepare young siblings for a new arrival. Daddies are not mentioned but appear in the picture of Pregnant Mommy and ride in the front seat when Mommy drives the children places. The people are not visibly impaired in any way, and no one wears glasses. One mommy is oriental and one is black. All mommies wear trousers unless going to work or very pregnant; there is an overriding tone however, to suggest that these are stay-at-home mommies. As a librarian, I would rather children were exposed to literature with more of a story and slightly more imaginative vocabulary from which desirable qualities of both parents can be inferred. The "flip-up" aspect of the presentation lends little to the excitement of an uninteresting enumeration of mother-tasks. Part of the "Picture Puffins" series, it is also a "Lift-the-Flaps Book."
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Parental roles are celebrated in these lift-the-flap books. Cartoon illustrations of multihued parents and children accompany simple statements such as those in the titles. Occasionally, thoughts are continued in text found beneath the flaps. The roles as described here are traditional ones. Daddies tease and play, offer a bit of comfort, and go to work. Mommies do a lot of caregiving, cook breakfast, and remind children of their manners. None of these women are shown working outside of the home and a picture of children getting off of the school bus is paired with, "A mommy waits for you to come home." These books are not as charming as many of Ziefert's other titles or as effective as Laura Numeroff's What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best (S & S, 1998). Flap appeal aside, this is well-intentioned literary fluff comforting to those children whose lifestyles match the featured models.-Faith Brautigam, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140565522
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Series:
Lift-the-Flap, Puffin Series
Pages:
16
Sales rank:
585,827
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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Meet the Author

Harriet Ziefert has been making magic with words for many years. She is the author of over 200 books for young readers. A mother of two and grandmother of five, she lives in South Orange, New Jersey.

Liz Murphy was born and raised in England and attended the Kingston Art College, where she majored in graphic design. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in Montclair, New Jersey. Liz has illustrated four other picture books for Blue Apple.

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Mommies Are for Counting Stars 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
indymomma More than 1 year ago
My boys & I love reading this series at bedtime. They love to lift the flap and help tell the story. It celebrates parents and kids in a fun way! We got our first book as a gift and now give it to all of our friends who have children.