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MY DAY WITH MOM by Rae Crawford


From the I Like To Read series

by Rae Crawford ; illustrated by Rae Crawford

Pub Date: April 16th, 2024
ISBN: 9780823452644
Publisher: Holiday House

A day out at the farmers market.

In this companion title to My Day With Dad (2023), this time the smiley youngster spends the day with Mom, shopping and playing outdoors. On a meandering, relaxed walk to the farmers market, the pair come across a park, an art fair, and a jazz band. The joy of swinging and sliding, plus the excitement of face painting, is tempered with frustration when Mom says no to a sweet treat at the market. But there’s soup waiting to be made at home! The art, which is occasionally presented in panels, breaks the action into manageable bites, and the simple text with varying sentence structures will help new readers become more confident. If kids aren’t familiar with the previous work, they may not realize that this is a two-household family, since there aren’t quite as many context clues. Dad does appear at dinnertime (which makes for a lovely portrayal of a friendly divorce), but some readers may conclude that he’s simply coming home from work, even with the line “All are welcome!” as he steps through the door. Ultimately, though, this is a delightful look at a family navigating two homes. Mom is brown-skinned, Dad is light-skinned, and the child is tan-skinned.

A routine outing can be so much more when shared with a loved one.

(Early reader. 5-7)