A MOTHER’S SONG by Janet Lawler

A MOTHER’S SONG

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Age Range: 3 - 5

KIRKUS REVIEW

From spring through winter a mother celebrates her bond with her daughter in syrupy, limping doggerel. “Listen with me / to the happiest birds / calling, ‘Good morning!’ / with chirp-chirping words.” The verse marches along in lockstep, forcing unnatural stresses to maintain scansion. While there is the occasional fresh image—“Feel summer showers / fall cool on our toes, / before running off / to wherever rain goes”—the text is only distinguished by its appeal to the maudlin. Kemly’s soft pastels largely reflect the text’s aesthetic, but she adds a small black-and-white dog to most double-page spreads, which provides continuity and a bit of fun. There’s no question this mother-daughter pair is enjoying each other’s company, but this is far from the only book with such a portrayal. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4027-6968-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Sterling
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2010




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