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One more time, Mama
Alexander, Sue, 1933-
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New York : Marshall Cavendish, 1999.
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1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 24 x 27 cm
A mother remembers the fireflies, afternoon rain, squirrels, geese, and other aspects of nature that she watched while waiting for her child to be born.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 2850.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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This is undoubtedly the perfect picture book for small children wanting to hear the story of their coming-to-be. And, given the many times they ask to hear it, it is also the perfect book for their parents. As one mother tells her young child, "the waiting" began in winter when the bears were in their dens. It continued as pond ice melted and daffodils sprouted; as ducklings hatched and cherry trees blossomed. It lasted through summer thunderstorms and raspberry-picking season. And it ended only when squirrels started to gather their nuts and geese rose to fly south.

Author Notes

Author Sue Alexander was born on August 20, 1933. She attended Drake University and Northwestern University, but did not graduate. She sold her first book, Small Plays for You and a Friend, in 1973. During her lifetime, she wrote about 25 children's books and numerous magazine and newspaper stories for young readers. Many of her books, like Nadia the Willful, Sara's City, and Lila on the Landing, were based on her own childhood experiences. In 1968, she became a founding member of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, which is an international organization that supports active and aspiring authors and artists. In 1980, she received the Dorothy C. McKenzie Award from the Children's Literature Council of Southern California for distinguised contributions to the field of children's literature. She died on July 3, 2008 at the age of 74.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. A mother and daughter sit together watching the evening fireflies. "Tell me again," asks the daughter, "about waiting to watch them with me." So, remembering a winter gone by, the mother tells the much beloved story of her wait, through spring, summer, and into the autumn, for the birth of the daughter who sits beside her. With simple, poetic prose, Alexander reveals the deep connection of pregnancy and birth and the cyclical passing of the seasons. Set in a pastoral American river valley, with its icy pond, spring-waking bears, summer roses, and falling leaves, the story never once refers to a doctor or hospital, or even uses the word pregnancy. Soman's luminous, realistic watercolors depict the flora and fauna of the setting with a sure hand and seasonal palette. His pictures of mother and daughter are warm and effective, though some seem to rely overmuch on photographic reference. In all, this is a satisfying, perceptive illumination of the cycle of life and a child's growing awareness of her own place in it. --Tim Arnold

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Tell me some more about waiting, Mama. Tell me again," comes the recurring plea from the young protagonist of Alexander's (Nadia the Willful) labored story. A mother recounts, at her daughter's urgings, the months of waiting for her baby's birth, focusing on the changes in the seasons (e.g., "I was waiting when the new-hatched goslings and ducklings waddled down the path and around the pond and the wild violets began to bloom on the rise beyond"). Readers may have less patience than this child who eagerly listens to Mama's soporific descriptions of weather and animal activity from winter through autumn, when her infant is finally born. Soman's (When I Am Old with You) softly focused, sometimes hazy watercolors faithfully document the seasonal changes and capture the affection between mother and child, but youngsters are more likely to crave details about the impending newborn than the environmental sounds and sights the expectant mother witnesses. Ages 3-5. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Although a little girl has heard the story many times of how her mother eagerly anticipated her birth, she begs to hear it again and again. Both words and pictures reveal the close relationship between the two, and the anticipation of the child's birth is tied completely to that of the life cycle in nature. The expectant mother's waiting parallels both the changing of the seasons from winter through late fall and the natural phenomena that accompany them. The author's tone is soothing and her words are well chosen, even poetic at times, when describing such wonders as the "frozen dewdrop lace" on the wintry raspberry bushes or the first wild violets of spring beginning to "bloom on the rise beyond." The realistic watercolor paintings are a perfect complement to both the simple, yet evocative language and the mood of the story. Their rich colors and carefully drawn details contribute to the clarity of the text. Similar in theme but geared to an older audience than Barbara Joosse's Mama, Do You Love Me? (Chronicle, 1991), this is a warm, reassuring tale for adults and children to snuggle up with and share.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.