What a Mother Would Do is about a little girl who is lost in the dark, scary woods. She is frightened by the hoot of the great horned owl, but the moon sheds light on the path ahead comforting her. The great juniper tree opens her limbs so wide to keep her warm, calm, and dry. When she is hungry a strong wind blows and apples fall from the near by trees. After enjoying the sweet, juicy apples she falls asleep in a pile of needles provided by the juniper tree. Soon twenty-five bunnies appear to warm her with their nice soft fur.
She never thought she would be so lucky. First the call of the owl, and light from the moon. The juniper trees protection, the apples so sweet, the bunnies snuggling to keep her warm. �It is what a mother would do,� the moon said from her perch in the sky. Comforted by nature she soon falls asleep only to be awakened by the lick of her dog, Grace. Grace tells her the moon called during the night and the wind blew her scent giving a clue as to where she could be found.
As the little girl and her dog leave the woods the moons tells her to always follow her heart when she is confused and doesn't know what to do. The moon reminds her that nature will always be around and will never lead her astray. �It is after all, what a mother would do. What a Mother Would Do is written in poetic style, is a joy to read, and is beautifully illustrated by J. Victoria Mohr.
Book Talk, July 22, 2004
This children's picture book is written by a local Minnesotan, Dayna Kay Rivers and published in Cedar, Minnesota. One reader said that it's a wonderful resource for those who want to introduce an appreciation of nature and love of Spirit to young children. It's about a little girl in search of her dog and the way she encounters gentle woodland animals, learning the importance of listening.
When computers and other technology have replaced the tree house and treasure hunts outdoors, this book helps us to remember our connection to nature and the value of that connection.