THE RAINBOW HAND

POEMS ABOUT MOTHERS AND CHILDREN

In an exquisite and moving collection of poetry, Wong (A Suitcase of Seaweed, 1996, etc.) explores the myriad emotions connected to the word and image of “mother.” Eighteen poems run the gamut of experience, from childhood adoration, to adolescent exasperation, to the wisdom and respect of adulthood. The poems sometimes reflect the child’s voice, as in the humorous mealtime lament, “Meat Loaf Again, Mother?”; other times it is the voice of the mother, asking, for example, for the strength, courage, and hope to guide her child through life: “I will need the softness of a deer,/to nudge my child down the right path.” Hewitson’s expressive illustrations resonate with the shimmying lines of scratchboard; extrapolating simple imagery from the poems, she creates a visual synopsis of their message. A contemplation and celebration of the complexities of motherhood, this is in some ways more of a gift book for children to read with adults than for undertaking on their own. (Poetry. 8-11)

Pub Date: April 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-689-82148-4

Page Count: 32

Publisher: McElderry

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1999

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WAITING FOR BABY

One of a four-book series designed to help the very young prepare for new siblings, this title presents a toddler-and-mother pair (the latter heavily pregnant) as they read about new babies, sort hand-me-downs, buy new toys, visit the obstetrician and the sonographer, speculate and wait. Throughout, the child asks questions and makes exclamations with complete enthusiasm: “How big is the baby? What does it eat? I felt it move! Is it a boy or girl?” Fuller’s jolly pictures present a biracial family that thoroughly enjoys every moment together. It’s a bit oversimplified, but no one can complain about the positive message it conveys, appropriately, to its baby and toddler audience. The other titles in the New Baby series are My New Baby (ISBN: 978-1-84643-276-7), Look at Me! (ISBN: 978-1-84643-278-1) and You and Me (ISBN: 978-1-84643-277-4). (Board book. 18 mos.-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-84643-275-0

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Child's Play

Review Posted Online: June 3, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2010

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THE PARTY

A girl and her sister start off rather glumly in the back seat of the car, leaving all their friends behind, because they are off to a family party. When they arrive, they are kissed by Aunt Joan—the worst—and then there is more kissing and a bunch of cousins just hanging around. But the kids start sharing war stories (hair cuts, lost teeth, split lips) and playing shark on the lawn; there are hideouts under Uncle John’s chair and potato-chip thievery; and then there is all that food beloved of family gatherings, for it is Gran’s birthday. At the end, of course, no one wants to go home. In sprightly rhyme, Reid captures the range of experience, from initial wariness to high hilarity, present at parties full of relatives. Her illustrations, done in painted Plasticine on board, have a wonderful texture, making a Hawaiian shirt, three-bean salad, and Mary Jane shoes pop out of the page. A treat. (Picture book. 4-9)

Pub Date: April 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-590-97801-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1999

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