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Mama loves
Dotlich, Rebecca Kai.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
[New York] : HarperCollins, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Some little pigs describe the many things and activities that their mother loves and shares with them.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.5 0.5 77528.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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These are the things a mama loves:

Dancing in slippers.
Teapots of tea.
Reading the paper
and mornings with me!

Mama always finds ways to share life's moments big and small with all her little ones. Tenderly illustrated by award-winning artist Kathryn Brown, mama loves will strike a chord with every child who loves being loved by Mama.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. Many books about the relationship between a parent and a child have more appeal for the former than the latter. But this charmer, about a mother pig and her daughter, will easily resonate with little ones, too. The text is mainly a catalogue of all the things Mama Pig loves: dancing in slippers, rain boots, violets by the windows, porch swings. But the focus switches from mother to child because each verse ends by noting that Mama likes to do all these things with me. The watercolor artwork is a charming blend of the old and new. Soft and cozy in a Tasha Tudor sort of way, the pictures, with their flowered prints and snapshot-frames, feature a modern mother who wears jeans and Laura Ashley-style dresses, rides bikes, and dives into the water (albeit in an old-time bathing suit). The sweet interaction between mother and daughter might lead to some sweet discussions between reader and listener as well. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In the eyes of her six piglets, what makes Mama wonderful is that she loves so many things-and loves sharing them with each of her offspring in turn. As Brown (Tough Boris) shows Mama and a daughter admiring a pink hat in a shop window (readers will enjoy the chapeau's striking resemblance to a birthday cake), Dotlich (Lemonade Sun) writes: "Mama loves/ caf?s and coffee./ Cobblestone streets./ Chestnuts in brown bags/ and shopping/ with me." On the opposite page, readers see the duo through a caf? window; the piglet now wears the comically towering hat as she and Mama enjoy a dainty snack. Other vignettes reflect a collective point of view, as when Mama and several members of her brood visit the shore. Dotlich's understated verses make a consistent impact although her speaker varies. She accumulates particulars about Mama with childlike concision and eloquence, while the culminating words "with me" make each catalogue personal. Traveling through the seasons, Brown's beguiling watercolors brim with delicate, knowing detail: the curve of Mama's back and the softness of her gaze as she bends down to listen to the war story behind one child's scraped knee; the easygoing way Mama snuggles with another child on the sofa or porch swing. A moving paean to the comforting constancy of the maternal presence. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Piglet siblings describe the many things their mother loves to do, which always include spending time with one of them. For example, "Mama loves/dancing in slippers./Teapots of tea./Reading the paper/and mornings/with me." Mrs. Pig also enjoys bike riding with her children, sitting on the porch just listening to them, working in the garden, and reading with them. She is the perfect parent with plenty of time and all the patience in the world. Nevertheless, this sweet story in rhyme works without becoming sappy. In the opening illustration, it's morning, and Mama is seeing the youngsters off to school. In the closing picture, it is nighttime, and one child is playing the piano while another snuggles on her lap. Brown's soft, pastel watercolors enhance the text without overpowering it. The family lives in a country home surrounded by flowers, picket fences, and open fields. A quiet and cozy selection.-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.