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MAMA LOVES by Rebecca Kai Dotlich


by Rebecca Kai Dotlich & illustrated by Kathryn Brown

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: March 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-06-029407-8
Publisher: HarperCollins

Sweetly pretty tale of mother love in a pastoral setting reminiscent of rural New England. A loving mama pig enjoys days with her six children, bicycling, gardening, swinging, and swimming. Each two-page spread introduces a new list of Mama’s loves: “Mama loves / rain boots and rain hats. / Her face in the breeze. / Twirling umbrellas / and splashing / with me.” Though the text only refers to an unspecified “me” in each verse, the pictures depict Mama spending quality time with each of her piglets. In delicately colored full-page spreads and smaller illustrations framed like old-fashioned corner-mounted photographs, Mama is always available for playing, shopping, or bandaging her happy children. Comforting and gentle. (Picture book. 3-6)