WHERE’S MY MOM? by Julia Donaldson

WHERE’S MY MOM?

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a picture book sure to be a pleaser at storytime, Donaldson takes the oft-written theme of a lost child and tweaks it by lightly basing the rhythmic speech on that of the tune, “Hush Little Baby.” A butterfly with a bizarrely human face tries to help little monkey find his mom but keeps missing the mark. Butterfly takes monkey to an elephant, snake, parrot, bat and other animals before the little monkey tells her that he actually looks like his parents, unlike Butterfly’s offspring. Soon all is well, when monkey reunites first with dad and then mom. The text can be sung aloud quite easily. Scheffler’s wonderfully colorful pictures convey a sense of forward motion and simultaneously little monkey’s frustration with Butterfly’s choices. The forest is sumptuously green and home to numerous other animals not named in the text. Children will enjoy the humorous details in the drawings, while adults will enjoy a different take on the lost-child theme. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3228-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2008




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