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MY MOMMY MEDICINE by Edwidge Danticat


by Edwidge Danticat ; illustrated by Shannon Wright

Pub Date: Feb. 26th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-250-14091-3
Publisher: Roaring Brook

A young girl counts the many kinds of Mommy Medicine that make her feel better when she’s down.

Whether she’s sick or simply sad, this brown-skinned girl with large, puffy hair can count on her mom to treat her to doses of Mommy Medicine. Mommy Medicine can feel like kisses, hugs, and massages, or it can taste like Popsicles, tea, or fruit. It can be bubbles, games, or “a whispered prayer, just before nodding off at nap time.” Songs, dances, playing make-believe, watching a movie, or drawing together—even taking “actual medicine, which might taste yummy or YUCKY”—are also possible remedies. The mother closely resembles the girl, and they cuddle, smile, and laugh together on pages full of digital illustrations that give the text just enough color to sustain the story’s momentum. Standout moments include the pair seated on the floor and staring at each other like card sharks over closely held hands of Uno cards, the child swaddled in a blanket, and another of the two of them laughing heartily while snuggling on the couch in front of a movie. Sensory details mark the text with moments of feel-good familiarity, but ultimately the ongoing descriptions add up to little in the way of story.

A sweet celebration of the special touch that only a mother can give, though perhaps not memorable enough to become a favorite.

(author’s note) (Picture book. 2-6)