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If I were your mother
Bridges, Margaret Park.
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Publication Information:
New York : Morrow Junior Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
A girl tells her mother all the special things she would do for her if their positions were reversed and she was the mother.


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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Seasonal
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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A girl tells her mother all the special things she would do for her if their positions were reversed and she was the mother.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. These cheerful picture books, written in the form of parent-child conversations, suggest how children would run things if they were the parents. In Father, a little boy imagines, "If I were your father, I'd let you shave me with whipped cream in the morning," an idea that leads to many more fantasies from the father as well as the son. The imaginary scenes appear on pages with colored backgrounds facing white pages showing the genial pair talking as they engage in everyday activities, such as getting dressed and fixing breakfast. Mother begins with a little girl asking, "Mommy, do you ever wish you were a little girl again?" The daughter imagines herself as the grown-up pampering her mother, now a little girl: offering her a red, silky party dress to wear to school, building a giant treehouse for her, and letting her leap from the sofa to the armchair. In both books, the playful banter highlights the love and trust of the parent-child relationship as well as the imaginative play the characters enjoy. Sometimes recalling the portrayal of children in early Sendak picture books, Denton's line-and-watercolor-wash illustrations will charm preschoolers and parents alike with their warm colors and their fresh depictions of familiar activities and childlike fantasies. A pleasing pair. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

In these affectionate companion books, a girl imagines switching places with her mother, and a boy with his father. The children describe whimsical activities like building a tree house with an elevator and hiding so much buried treasure in their pockets that their pants fall down. But most of the children's ideas hint slyly at what their parents don't let them do: "If I were your mother, I'd let you jump from the sofa to the armchair"; "If I were your father, I wouldn't yell if you stood in front of the TV while I was watching a game." The parent and child banter playfully, building on the scenarios in alternating red and blue text to indicate which line of dialogue belongs to which speaker. Bridges reuses the parent-child call-and-response format of her Will You Take Care of Me?, but with greater originality and range. The lightness and warmth of Denton's (A Child's Treasure of Nursery Rhymes) watercolors complement the softness of the text. Her impish, wide-faced characters may remind readers of more staid versions of Maurice Sendak's (a few of the girl's poses and costumes look borrowed). While the mother and daughter are snugglier than their male counterparts (Dad refers to his boy as "buddy" throughout), the girl is the livelier of the two kids; her dancing, swinging and jumping convey terrific energy. Both books revel in the coziness of a loving relationship. Ages 3-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Playing on every child's fantasy of being a mommy or daddy, these two books show a parent and child engaged in daily activities while the youngster imagines the glorious things he or she would do with the power of parenthood. The boy in Father pictures taking his son fishing on a school day and hunting for buried treasure as ideal parenting activities, while the girl in Mother describes the giant tree house and bathtub full of goldfish she would provide for her daughter. The adults are willing accomplices, each playing along with their child's game and even expanding on it. Both books end with the youngster sitting in the parent's lap, content to return to traditional roles. Although the sentences are short and the vocabulary simple, the author laces the text with the kind of poetry that appeals to young minds, describing the stars as "sprinkles on a chocolate ice cream sky." The watercolor illustrations work well with the stories, using bright colors for the imaginary scenes and a softer palette for the ordinary world. Both books would make good read-alouds for storytime, particularly on Mother's Day and Father's Day, and could also be used in classrooms to inspire discussion about what it would be like to be parent for a day.-Dawn Amsberry, formerly at Oakland Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.