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Tell me my story, mama
Lund, Deb.
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Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2004]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
As they look forward to the arrival of a new baby, a mother tells her young daughter of the time when they waited for her to be born.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 78059.
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Lund shares a beautiful touching, funny story about a youngster who wants to know all about when she was born. Full color.

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Booklist Review

PreS-K. Tell me the story about when I was inside you, Mama, says an eager little girl as her mother knits. In watercolor scenes that alternate between past and present, the mother remembers favorite stories, prompted by the girl, who has clearly heard all this before: Tell about my foot. And then there was a snowstorm. Now comes the special part. The special part is the actual birth, in a hospital, when mother, father, and baby see each other for the first time. The last spread returns to the present, revealing that Mama is pregnant again. The new baby will have its own story, the wise girl realizes, but that doesn't bother her: I'll still have mine. In simple, musical words, Lund tells a tender story in vignettes that transition nicely to the final surprise, as Nakata's airy illustrations, in dabs and washes of sheer, pastel color, capture the story's free-flowing movement between then and now. A lovely choice for children anticipating a sibling. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Lund's (Dinosailors) sweet and sensitive imminent-sibling tale, a preschooler asks her very pregnant mother for "the story about when I was inside you." Nakata (Lucky Pennies and Hot Chocolate), like the insightful mother she portrays, keeps Mama's condition a secret from readers until the final pages, allowing them (again, like Mama) to focus on the girl's story. Mama, an expert raconteur, uses vivid and often comic detail to give depth to her unadorned language. "I bumped into people because I forgot how large I was. And Daddy pushed me up hills when we went for walks." The girl eagerly participates in shaping the narrative. Her attentive face appears in miniature at the bottom right corner of the flashback spreads; she asks questions ("How did you get to be so big?") and adds elements she relishes from previous tellings ("And I was mad!" she gleefully recounts of her noisy delivery-room debut). Nakata fills the diagonal space between Mama's and the girl's comments with pastel watercolors that seem as light as air. Yet every scene percolates with the excitement of parental anticipation and a knowing, warmhearted sense of humor (Daddy's first-time-father anxieties-often manifested in his inability to keep his glasses on-make for an effective running joke). The story ends on a simply articulated but enormously reassuring note: "The new baby will have its own story," Mama tells her daughter. "You'll still have yours." The shelf of new baby books may be crowded, but it's well worth making room for this graceful, gently funny entry. Ages 3-5. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-A little girl asks her mother to tell the story of her birth. Her prompts are evidence that she's heard the tale many times before, but can't hear it often enough. At the conclusion of Mama's loving reminiscence, readers learn that the family is awaiting the arrival of another child. The youngster is reassured that "the new baby will have its own story" and "You'll still have yours." The fluid, primarily pastel watercolors portray both the preschooler's playful buoyancy and her mother's gentle love. While not exceptional, this appealing treatment of the topic will reassure siblings that they still have a special place in their parents' hearts. Debra Frasier's On the Day You Were Born (Harcourt, 1991) addresses the subject of birth in a more universal manner. Jamie Lee Curtis's Tell Me Again about the Night I Was Born (HarperCollins, 1996) recounts the story of a birth and adoption.-Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.