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Dear Mother, Dear Daughter : poems for young people
Yolen, Jane.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
40 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A mother and daughter converse through poetry.
General Note:
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.8 0.5 78244.
Format :


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Author Notes

Jane Yolen was born February 11, 1939 in New York City. She received a bachelor's degree from Smith College in 1960 and a master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1976. After college, she became an editor in New York City and wrote during her lunch break. She sold her first children's book, Pirates in Petticoats, at the age of 22. Since then, she has written over 300 books for children, young adults, and adults.

Her other works include the Emperor and the Kite, Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and The Devil's Arithmetic. She has won numerous awards including the Kerlan Award, the Regina Medal, the Keene State Children's Literature Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5. The poetry here is nothing special. What readers will enjoy are the mother and daughter voices--chatty, warm, irritated, angry--and the family vignettes. Yolen and Stemple, mother and daughter, have always sent each other notes, and Stemple, now a mother of daughters, remembers her preteen questions and complaints. On each left-hand page, a daughter writes to her mom; on the opposite page, her mom writes back. Gil Ashby's realistic, softly brushed pencil illustrations extend the situations with a diverse cast of mothers and daughters, who argue about homework, body image, using the phone. They bargain about staying up late and ear piercing. They help each other through grief and through feeling scared of the dark ("I'm too old for a night-light" ). Some girls will see themselves here, and they may want to write their own family conversations. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Mother-daughter team Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple use an inventive (and humorous) format in Dear Mother, Dear Daughter: Poems for Young People, illus. by Gil Ashby. Daughter addresses mother in a poem on the left, and mother addresses daughter on the right, debating issues such as homework, weight, sports and romantic crushes. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Seventeen pairs of poems define the push and pull between preteen and parent as the younger anguishes and matures and the older advises and nourishes. Each two-page set offers a poem that Stemple has written to her mother in a daughter's voice on such sources of adolescent angst as homework, self-consciousness, bedtime, self-assurance, or insufficient allowance. Yolen's motherly response on the facing page is firm, but understanding; critical, but complimentary; advisory, but empathetic. Pencil sketches show girls of various cultures, accompanied on some pages by the sort of amateurish doodles (and the inherent smeary, cluttered look) that might be found in a school notebook. Girls will feel a kinship with the younger poet's words and feelings and will welcome the mother's insights and loving discipline.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.