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About the Author

Sharon Kane illustrated several Golden Books in the 1960s. She lives in Plano, Texas.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Little Golden Book
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books; unknown edition (April 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375848207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375848209
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My mother told me that I began drawing as soon as I could hold a pencil, at two or three years old. She, being an artist herself, and a writer, always encouraged my creative inclinations.

Our family was far from affluent but my life was rich with my mother's exuberant personality and love of books. She regularly read to my brother and me and stimulated our imaginations and fondness for books.

I began creating, with pencil drawing and watercolor, my own little books of pictures with my stories and poems when I was seven, eight and nine years old. A love of children, animals and nature led me naturally to children's book illustration, and I drew on my own (mostly) happy childhood for inspiration. I had very little formal art training but learned first from my mother and then from art and illustration that I saw in books, and then from my own careful observation of the world around me.

At nine, a picture of mine, a silhouette of a deer under a willow tree, was published in a children's magazine. That was a thrill that started me on a path to seeking wider and wider publication. I continued to submit my artwork, stories and poems to any magazine or newspaper that featured a children's page, and happily saw them published.

When I reached my teens, the high school world attracted my attention and I created a cartoon to reflect my new interest. Starting first with publication in the local newspaper, "Buttons an' Beaux" reached the attention of New York newspaper syndicates and I was offered a contract for syndication. That carried me through my college years. During these same years my mother's career as a writer and illustrator of children's books was burgeoning as well.

Following college I married and found myself more and more intrigued with children's book illustration. I began submitting samples of my artwork to various publishers with encouraging responses from editors but with no actual assignments. Finally, inspired to write and illustrate my own book, I did so and sent it to my mother for her feedback. Without telling me, she sent it to a publisher she knew, and in due time it was published, my first picture book, "Where Are You Going Today?"

With that publication I was now a proven illustrator, and from that point on my work was readily accepted by other publishers and I was offered illustration jobs for numerous children's books, Little Golden Books and Rand McNally Elf Books. During those same years I gave birth to my own children and was even further inspired by them.

I continued my illustrating for twenty years and saw the publication of some two dozen children's books. Then, experiencing a mid-life crisis of sorts, I dropped all interest in my art and turned my attention to spiritual exploration and growth. This consumed me for several decades and still is a vital part of my life. (See my Kindle book "The God Search" for details of my journey.)

However, a number of people shamed me for neglecting my art talent and I decided I should get back to it. My first painting was of the 15 X 20" watercolor, "The Children's Tree", which won a prize in a local art show. I continued with a series of six paintings which were displayed in local libraries.

One day a friend told me that my books were being sold on eBay. That prompted me to buy my first computer and learn to use it. I soon was selling my books on eBay myself.

Opening up to the world of the internet I began receiving email from ardent fans that I never knew existed, telling me of the impact my work had had on their life. This encouraged me even more to return to my art and writing.

"Little Mommy" had been especially popular and in 2008 Random House decided to re-issue it as a Little Golden Book Classic.

"Kitty & Me" is my most recent inspiration, based in part on my daughter's avid love of cats and my own as well, the beauty of feline form and the joy of cat companionship. Published by Christy Ottaviano of Henry Holt, "Kitty & Me" is available nationwide.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kate on July 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Recently, my daughter became very interested in baby dolls. Instead of adding to her collection of toys, I opted to buy this book to encourage her motherly behavior. She demands that we read this to her often, and even after we've hidden it on her bookshelf, she'll search it out and bring it to us.

Since getting the book, my (almost) 2 year old's motherly behaviors have increased. She mimics the girl in the book and will feed, bathe, kiss and rock her dolls to sleep. She'll even sit with them and pretend she's reading a book, or she'll try and sing a bit. I'm thrilled about this because we want her to be prepared to deal with a real baby whenever the time comes to add to our family.

Yes, the times have changed and we mothers don't typically live like the book suggests, but that doesn't make the story any less sweet. The little girl's love for her "babies," and her desire to make her "house" a real home by keeping it clean, making nice meals and tucking her children in bed at night is TIMELESS. This is a precious book and would be treasured by any little girl who wants to be a Mommy!
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Rene on June 15, 2008
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I use to own an original copy of this book. However, many years of moving and the book was left behind - somewhere. I've researched and researched for years now and I'm so happy to find the book in print again. As it should be as a: Little Golden Book CLASSIC!

The book opens with, "This is my house and I am the mommy. My children are Annabelle, Betsy and Bonnie." and sets out to tell a story of domestic life as we were taught in the late 60's through the 70's. Our role as a woman was to become a "Mommy" all fully domesticated and long for a husband to take care of us and build a family with. [Not at all who I turned out to be at 32 *haha*]

But the memories remain of my "Mommy" reading me this story bringing back a wonderful time cuddled up next to her in my bed as she would read me to sleep each night. So, I've decided I'm going to give this copy to her for her birthday, in the hope that someday when I have a daughter she will read it to her.

I'm so pleased to see it back in print as original copies of the book go for $75 dollars or more via auction sites.

I haven't received my copy yet but it looks wonderful from the photo on Amazon. The hardcover seems to be keeping to those original muted greens and blues but still vibrant enough to recapture time.

A great addition to your Golden Book collection or just to bring back memories as I know there is a cult following of this wonderful children's classic.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By SL on September 17, 2010
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This was my favorite book when I was a little girl - I still have my original copy but it's a little beat up, to say the least! I was so glad to find this still in print, so I could keep a copy for my daughter (and hopefully my granddaughters). Feminism be damned - this book is just the best! :)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Insomniac on April 10, 2009
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My husband and I will never forget our daughter at two and a half, "reading" this to her dolls. At that age, she remembered most, but not all of the pages, and of course, read them in her own endearing "babyspeak." The funniest was her rendition of the text of one of the first pages -- "My children are Annabelle, Betsy and Bonnie." It came out this way: "My choona bo bessie bonnie."

I am going to give this book to her this year -- for her 40th birthday, and I know it will be her favorite gift.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Helen Louisiana on May 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This absolutely charming book was the favorite of all my children, not even just the girls! We all essentially memorized most of the lyrics and repeat them to one another even today when something triggers the memory. We had to put clear contact paper on our copy to keep it lasting longer! I am delighted to see it in print again and will certainly order it for all the little girls in my life at this point!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on May 7, 2008
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This was my absolute favorite book as a child. The pictures are sweet and old-fashioned, following a little girl through her day as she cares for her three dolls. She has a tea party with her neighbor after she "scrubs the dishes, sweeps the floor, and wipes the fingerprints off the door," then later has to call "the doctor" for one of her dollies--who reassures her that it's just the "mumbledy bumps, I think." The first edition became a collector's item, so I'm glad to see they're republishing it!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on June 6, 2008
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This was my very favorite book as a child!! I kept my original copy on a high shelf out of my daughter's reach only to be read to her by me. (They were going for $75 on e-Bay a month ago...and were nearly impossible to get your hands on!!) Now she can have her own copy and at this price give one to all of her pals. The story is traditional and sweet, I love it!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on April 10, 2008
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Adorable story of a little girl and her baby dolls. Great book! Wonderful absolutly love it.
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