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Books for Mother’s Day – Book Suggestions – 05/09/13

Posted on: Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Sunday is Mother’s Day.  These are some book recommendations for kids and their mothers on this special day.

The Night Before Mother’s Day by Natasha Wing is for kids aged 3 – 5.  “It’s the night before Mother’s Day, and Dad and the kids are determined to show Mom just how much they love her.  They whip up a cake from scratch, and offer a special coupon for a day at the spa, right in their own kitchen!  Kids and moms will love reading this sweet story aloud together for a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day.”  Review from Amazon.

Someday by Alison McGhee is for kids aged 4 and up.  “ One day I counted your fingers and kissed each one,” opens McGhee’s (A Very Brave Witch) understated yet emotion-charged expression of a mother’s love and hopes for her child. Reynolds’s (The Dot) spare, wispy pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations depict the narrator and her daughter sharing everyday moments that mark milestones in the girl’s maturation: the mother watches snowflakes “melt on your baby skin” and crosses the street as her little one grasps her hand. A transitional spread first reveals the youngster on a tricycle, aided by her mother, and then riding solo on a bicycle (“Then, you were my baby,/ and now you are my child”). Quietly the emotion builds, as the mother thinks of the future in store for her daughter, its joys and sorrows: “Someday I will stand on this porch and watch your arms waving to me until I no longer see you.” Here Reynolds depicts the woman, older than she was at the book’s start, on the left, gazing forlornly across the white expanse of the spread. The narrative comes full circle, as the parent looks ahead to a day, ‘a long time from now,’ when her daughter’s own hair will ‘glow silver in the sun.’  Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.”  Review from Amazon.

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman is for kids aged 3 – 7.  This book is a classic.  First published on 1960 it still relevant and charming today.  It’s an excellent first reader.  “ Are You My Mother? follows a confused baby bird who’s been denied the experience of imprinting as he asks cows, planes, and steam shovels the Big Question.  In the end he is happily reunited with his maternal parent in a glorious moment of recognition.”  Review from Amazon.

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