From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2--Although Mama bear tries to hurry her son along, he spends so much time getting his stuffed rabbit ready for nursery school that they leave the house behind schedule. They lose more precious minutes when she must rescue Rabbit after Billy drops him in the rain, and she rushes off to work without returning the toy to him. As the young bear unpacks his lunchbox in his classroom, he laments, "Mama didn't say I love you.… She always says I love you." Before long, however, she returns to offer her tearful son a hug, his rabbit friend, and a comforting "I love you." The spare text presents a typical exchange between a harried mother and her dawdling child and the boy's distress at her abrupt leave-taking. Currey's large watercolor-and-ink illustrations show diagonal splashes of blue-gray color as the characters trek through the rain. Close-ups of a frowning Billy, a single tear sliding down his cheek, followed by the surprise reappearance of Mama and their cuddly reunion are paced just right. Endpapers featuring floppy-eared Rabbit in a variety of poses provide a humorous touch. Pair this with Francesca Rusackas's I Love You All Day Long (HarperCollins, 2002) for a reassuring look at parental love.--Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT
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PreS-Gr. 2. One crazy weekday morning, Billy and his mama get a late start that sets in motion a series of events familiar to any family trying to balance hectic schedules with loving, familial interactions. Moss weaves a note of modern-day authenticity into the story as a late-for-work mother bear unsuccessfully tries to hurry her dawdling cub. The ensuing chaos leaves cub Billy feeling sad and vulnerable and causes Mama Bear to retrace her steps for the sake of what's truly important in life. Moss returns to territory she knows well as she extols the immeasurable love that exists between mother and child. Billy's distress might upset a few preschool listeners, but most children will find comfort in the simple, reassuring conclusion. Currey's soft, rounded pastels underscore the warm, cozy tone of this happily-after-all tale. Terry GloverCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved