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Title:
My mother is mine
Author:
Bauer, Marion Dane.
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 20 x 24 cm
Summary:
As a child makes a Mother's Day card, various animal mothers are shown taking care of their young.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 0.9 0.5 48708.
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ISBN:
9780689822674
Format :
Book

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My mother is special.My mother is fine. All sorts of cuddly baby animalssing their mothers' praises, inspiringa child to create a greeting card thatshows why her mother is special too.That card is attached to the back ofthis book, which is a loving tributeto mothers throughout the year. My mother, my mother,my mother is mine!


Author Notes

Marion Dane Bauer was born in Oglesby, Illinois. She attended community college first, in her home town, and then went to the University of Missouri when she was a junior to study journalism. She quickly realized that journalism was not for her and changed her focus to the humanities and a degree in English literature. She switched one last time to focus on teaching english, which she did when she graduated college.

After her children were born, Bauer decided to try her hand at writing. She started out with a children's picture book, but discovered that youg adult novels were more to her taste. After making a career out of writing, Bauer became the first Faculty Chair at Vermont College for the only Master of Fine Arts in Writing program devoted exclusively to writing for children and young adults.

Bauer is the author of more than forty books for young people. She has won many awards, including a Jane Addams Peace Association Award for her novel Rain of Fire and an American Library Association Newbery Honor Award for On My Honor and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for the body of her work. Her picture book My Mother is Mine was a New York Times bestseller.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Bauer (If You Were Born a Kitten) and Elwell (Three Brave Women) explore the depths, delights and ferocity of the mother-child bond and for the most part, their foray into unabashed emotion works well. Bauer's rhymed text brings to mind the poignant vulnerability of a mash note from a young child: "My mother is pretty./ My mother is brave./ My mother still loves me when I misbehave." But because the sentences are parceled out one per page, the effect is never cloying. Elwell's stunning, diaphanous pastel illustrations flirt with the conventions of calendar art: his characterizations are mostly grounded in a realistic appreciation of the natural world, but the gauzy surfaces and the intensity of the animals' expressions are the stuff of pure romanticism. A tiger mother beams with pride as she carries her pliant cub by the scruff of the neck; a vigilant mother horned owl is regarded with utter adoration by her little puffball baby. Unfortunately, the final sequence, showing a girl creating a greeting card for her mother, lacks the intensity of the animal illustrations; the child's expressions seem a bit clich‚d. An actual card bearing the same illustration as that on the girl's is included inside the back cover. Ages 1-5. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-This book captures the warmth of a mother-child relationship in verse and illustrations. Each spread features a full-page picture of a baby animal interacting with its mother, along with a page of text explaining what makes that parent special. "My mother is soft" appears opposite two sheep cuddled together; "My mother is strong" shows a tiger carrying her cub in her mouth; and two owls sitting together on a branch illustrate "My mother watches me long and long." Young children will recognize the parallels between their own families and those of the animals, as a baby bird is given a worm ("My mother feeds me"), and a kangaroo rides safely inside its mother's pouch ("She holds me tight"). The soft focus of Elwell's pastel illustrations is well suited to the gentle rhythms of the text. The end of the book reveals a young girl drawing pictures of the animals, making a card for her mother with the inscription: "My mother is special./My mother is fine./My mother,/my mother,/my mother is mine!" A welcome addition to Mother's Day collections and family storytimes.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.