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Mommy poems
Micklos, John.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Pa. : Wordsong, Boyds Mills Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Poems in celebration of motherhood.
My name / Lee Bennett Hopkins -- Waiting for mommy to wake up / Jane Medina -- Cuddle time / John Micklos, Jr. -- Dinner and dessert / John Micklos, Jr. -- Mending / Rebecca Kai Dotlich -- Going out to tea / Jane Medina -- Mother, may I? / Janet S. Wong -- The keeper of dreams / John Micklos, Jr. -- Flavors / Arnold Adoff -- Bad, mad, sad, glad / John Micklos, Jr. -- Ode to family photographs / Gary Soto -- Sick days / Mary Ann Hoberman -- Naptime / John Micklos, Jr. -- New mother / R.H. Marks -- Sunday drive with mom / Kristine O'Connell George -- On Mother's Day / Aileen Fisher -- Mommies / Nikki Giovanni -- Tuckin-in song / Rebecca Kai Dotlich.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 0.5 80375.
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PS595.M64 M66 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS595.M64 M66 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS595.M64 M66 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. Like Daddy Poems [BKL Ag 00], this companion book of 18 poems is an uneven anthology. A few selections are syrupy, but some are quite lovely, and all the poems speak about moms in ways that sound familiar. Written in two voices, Janet Wong's poem "Mother, May I?" for older children is especially nice, even though it's paired with an illustration that will have more appeal for a young child. Mary Ann Hoberman's "Sick Days" is light and funny: "She reads my favorite books to me; / She lets me take my pick; / And everything is perfect--/ Except that I am sick!" Other contributors include Arnold Adoff, Gary Soto, Nikki Giovanni, and Micklos himself. In the brilliant colors of a beautiful spring garden, the oil paintings literally shine, their thickly applied paint underlining the strong connections the words establish between mother and child. --Stephanie Zvirin

Publisher's Weekly Review

Mothers rule in two books of poetry. Mommy Poems, John Micklos Jr.'s follow-up to Daddy Poems, includes a preponderance of his own poetry, plus those of Lee Bennett Hopkins, Arnold Adoff, Nikki Giovanni and Aileen Fisher. The poems trace the cycle of a day, beginning with Jane Medina's soothing "Waiting for Mommy to Wake Up," expressed by a child wakened in the night, and closing with Rebecca Kai Dotlich's exquisite "Tucking-In Song." Some mothers may raise an eyebrow at 1950s images of a wife mending her husband's shirt or going to a tea party. Lori McElrath-Eslick's paintings tend to obscure facial expressions but set a serene mood. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-A compilation of 18 poems, several of which have been previously published. Some are memorable, like Gary Soto's "Ode to Family Photographs": "This is the pond, and these are my feet./This is the rooster,/and this is more of my feet./Mama was never good at pictures." Others are pedestrian, lacking sure rhythm and vivid detail. In "Bad, Mad, Sad, Glad," the child says, "When I calm down, I'm sad, sad, sad./Mom asks what I'm crying about./Soon we are both glad, glad, glad/When we have talked and worked things out." McElrath-Eslick's lovely paintings help tie the selections together. The artist is especially good with light, shadow, and people's faces. The book's overall atmosphere of coziness and warmth sets a fairly traditional mood. Libraries that have Myra Cohn Livingston's Poems for Mothers (Holiday, 1988; o.p.) should consider this an additional purchase. Janet S. Wong's The Rainbow Hand: Poems about Mothers and Children (McElderry, 1999) is for a slightly older audience.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.