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Title:
31 uses for a mom
Author:
Ziefert, Harriet.
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Publication Information:
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
28 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
Humorous drawings show some different ways in which moms serve their children.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780399238628
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Moms are great at so many things! Mom is the one you go to if you need a knee patched or an elbow bandaged, if you want to hear the best story or eat the best cookies. Telling time is her forte, and surely her resume includes titles like Party Planner, Doctor, Pitcher, Catcher, and Chauffeur. But what is Mom the greatest at? Being a friend.

Once again, Harriet Ziefert and Rebecca Doughty team up to give us a simple, quirky, and sincere look at how children view the world, this time singing the praises of mothers everywhere.

Illustrated by Rebecca Doughty.


Author Notes

Harriet Ziefert is a children's author born in 1941 in New Jersey. She has written several hundred children's books, including the Little Hippo series. Ziefert and illustrator Emilie Bon have collaborated on a series of "Little Hippo" books, the first of which was published in 1988 by Viking Penguin. The books are written for children between 1 1/2 to 5 years-of-age. They are intended to help children deal with change, like the addition of a new baby to the family or moving to a new house.

Her titles include Little Hippo's New Baby, Little Hippo's New Friend, Little Hippo's New School and Grandpa, Will You Play With Me?

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-K. Use for Mom number 1: standing at the open front door, hands on hips, school bus waiting at the curb--Mom as a clock. Number 2 is Mom acting as chauffeur. Numbers 7, 8, and 9, on a double-page spread, show Mom pitching, catching, and retrieving a baseball. Bottle opener, number 13, is among Mom's more mundane uses; page-turner and friend, numbers 30 and 31, reveal more personal aspects of her job description. The simple illustrations tell the story; their ink lines and flat colors are like kids' own art, and the numbers and single-word descriptions comprising the text mimic children's printing of numbers and words. Dedicated to "all moms and substitute moms," this book sings of the small, daily, often unnoticed things mothers do for their kids. --Ellen Mandel


Publisher's Weekly Review

Harriet Ziefert enumerates all the things that make moms great in 31 Uses for a Mom, illus. by Rebecca Doughty, a companion to 39 Uses for a Friend. "Clock" leads the list, and Doughty depicts a hands-on-hips mother standing at the open door as the school bus pulls up outside. Other uses include chauffeur, hairstylist and last, but not least, friend. Doughty's scribbly black-line drawings with a watercolor wash exude a playful, childlike charm. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A variation on the theme of the author and illustrator's 39 Uses for a Friend (Putnam, 2001), this title free-associates about the multifaceted utility of mothers. This book presents an engaging multicultural cast of maternal units and their offspring going about their daily activities with warmth and good humor. The cartoon, ink-outlined characters are presented on pages featuring lots of white space. The winsome quality of the color illustrations greatly amplifies what would otherwise amount to just a list, albeit amusing, of maternal roles ("3. hairstylist-. 12. beach chair-"). Although this is not a necessary purchase, it is good fun and makes an especially nice companion to the first book.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.