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MAMA SAYS by Rob D. Walker

MAMA SAYS

A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons

By Rob D. Walker (Author) , Leo Dillon (Illustrator) , Diane Dillon (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-439-93208-0
Publisher: Blue Sky/Scholastic

Flawed but still impressive, this illustrated collection of brief snippets of advice will particularly appeal to progressive parents eager to foster understanding and compassion in their children. Beautifully composed and executed pictures in the Dillons’ trademark style offer glimpses into the lives of mothers and sons from a variety of cultures. Translations of each seven-line verse into the language of the individuals depicted are included, as are endnotes identifying the various languages and where they are spoken. The weak link is the text. A singsong rhythm and relentless rhyme make it feel repetitive, while occasionally abstract counsel (“Happiness / Comes from inner peace” and “Success is when / You know you must endure”) is unlikely to resonate with young listeners. Still, cherish this for the sentiment and overall presentation. (Picture book. 3-6)