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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152058427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152058425
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-A beautifully written, lovingly executed trip down memory lane. Sepia-toned endpapers at the beginning of the book introduce readers to a freckle-faced girl in pigtails; endpapers at the conclusion feature colorful images of her daughter at the same age, years later. In between, the quiet refrain-"I wasn't always your mother"-gently reminds readers of the child that this adult narrator used to be. Pham's watercolor, pen-and-ink, and collage illustrations use warm tones throughout, but rely primarily on soft shades of brown and tan for the mother's childhood memories and brighter, crisper hues for those of her as a grown woman with her daughter. This fond tribute to loving mothers and daughters everywhere promises to become a bedtime favorite.
Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

PreS-Gr. 2. In this sweet, honest slice of life, a mother talks to her daughter, recalling herself as a little girl (with a friend named Ruby and a brother named Freddy), a girl who put on a circus in her backyard and ate her mother's Jell-O. The mother assures her daughter that she was not always "the mother who tells you to shush when I'm on the telephone," and the accompanying picture shows the daughter, a boa around her neck, and her friends pretending to be singers. Another spread goes back in time to show the mother as a girl with her pal Ruby on a "starry, starry night" when they turned the garbage can lids upside down and tap-danced on them, "just to hear the rat-a-tat-tat bounce into the darkness." Adults may sense an almost melancholy dimension to the text, but that perception comes with age. Children will be charmed by the thought of mothers who were girls with exuberance and dreams much like their own. The watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations, bursting with real life and remembrance, celebrate the story. Conversations galore will spring from this. Ilene Cooper
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Very sweet, very tender, very beautiful.
Barbara Millet
She tells her daughter, Katie, how she named all of her stuffed animals and toys "Katie" ... and how "she dreamed of having her own little girl to love."
VictoriaCee
She use to dream of that day and now her dream has come true and she is sharing the old stories of her childhood with her own daughter!
Melissa Sack

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By VictoriaCee on May 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I received this book for Mother's Day from a dear friend who supported me through a long struggle with infertility. I was blessed to give birth to my daughter Caitlin in September, 2000. This book is wonderfully touching as a mother tells her daughter about what she was like before she became a mother, and how much she longed to someday be a mom. She tells her daughter, Katie, how she named all of her stuffed animals and toys "Katie" ... and how "she dreamed of having her own little girl to love."
"Now, I am your mother, and you are my only Katie. I tuck you in and tell you stories about the time before your time, when I was a little girl who ...slept in her firefighter boots...and who dreamed of having her own little girl to love."

For any woman who has longed for a child and has had her dream come true, this book will tug at her heartstrings for sure. And what a wonderful way for us to remind our children of how much they were wanted and how deeply they are loved.

I can't say enough about this book, as you can see. :)

Caits Mama (Who also named her dog Katie when she was a kid)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Engagingly written by Kathryn Lasky, Before I Was Your Mother is a thoughtful tribute to mothers and daughters everywhere, reminiscing about how every beloved mother was once a precocious little girl herself. Charming color illustrations by LeUyen Pham fill the pages of this tender picture book for young readers ages 3 to 7. Very highly recommended for family, school, and community library picture book collections, Before I Was Your Mother would make an especially nice gift for Mother's Day!
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By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on March 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Kids have a hard time understanding that their parents were once small children. In this picture book a mom explains to her child of all the things she did before becoming a parent. She did things like make lots of noise, fought with her brother and loved all kinds of shoes! But the thing that the mom has always wanted is to have a little girl. She use to dream of that day and now her dream has come true and she is sharing the old stories of her childhood with her own daughter!
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More About the Author

Hi Readers! Thanks for coming by my author page. I've written all sorts of books - from fantasy about animals to books about science. One of my favorite animal fantasy series, Guardians of Ga'Hoole, is a major motion picture. I liked writing about Ga'Hoole so much that I decided to revisit that world in a different series, Wolves of the Beyond. I've recently added a new Guardians book: The Rise of A Legend, the story of Ezylryb, the great sage of the Ga'Hoole Tree. Another new book just came out, the first in the Horses of the Dawn series. I think of it as an equine retelling of the Spanish conquest of the New World. Visit my website, www.kathrynlasky.com for the latest news. All my best, Kathryn

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