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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTrophy (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060575077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060575076
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS–A gentle and reassuring picture book. Children will be drawn right in from the title page, on which a mother holds and kisses her pajama-clad child. The consistently tender illustrations follow the text's well-crafted rhymes as different animal mothers leave their offspring for a brief period and then return. Mama Bird (in a flowered headscarf) feeds her babies, then tucks them beneath a quilt in their nest before digging up more worms; Mama Cat leaves her kittens in the barn to have a sip of cream in the house; Mama Dog runs out to play with her boy. Each example ends with the refrain: "Mama always comes home." At the end of the story, the human mother explains to her little one, "I want to stay,/but while I'm gone have fun and play,/and soon, before you know,/time will fly right by, and then/I'll be coming home again." Presented with a delicate and loving touch, this book embodies the power of thoughtful text supported by insightful pictures. A good choice for parents and children dealing with separation anxiety.–Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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"A gentle and reassuring picture book [with] consistently tender illustrations…Presented with a delicate and loving touch." -- School Library Journal

"Lighthearted and upbeat. The paintings…show tender moments between the mothers and their children and perfectly illustrate the comforting text." -- Rocky Mountain News

"Reassuring." -- Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Great gift for working moms.
Jessica McKinney
My daughter loved this story and it really helped reassure her when it was time for me to return to work.
J. Donato
Her kittens cry to see her go because they love their mama so.
Mama

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mama on April 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm typing out the text so I can read this to my daughter while I am away on business. Here's the text, so you can buy the book for your kiddo and do the same:

Mama Always Comes Home [text]

1. In a softly feathered nest, a mama bird and hatchlings rest. Mama always does her best to keep her babies fed.
2. But all the little birdies cry when Mama says she has to fly.
3. But all the little birdies cry when Mama says she has to fly. She cuddles each and chirps, "Good-bye,"then tucks them into bed. She goes to dig up worms, and then Mama Bird flies home again.
4. Mama always comes home. One a cozy bed of hay, a barn cat and her kittens lay. Mama Cat must go away to have her morning snack.
5. Her kittens cry to see her go because they love their mama so. She kisses all and purrs, "Please know I'll soon be coming back." She goes to sip sweet cream, and then Mama Cat strolls home again.
6. Mama always comes home. Puppies play out in the sun. They yip and yelp, they yap and run. Mama Dog joins in the fun until she's called away.
7. She snuggles all before she goes and licks each puppy on the nose. She tells them all to try to doze. But they whine, "Mama, stay!" She goes to see her boy, and then Mama Dog runs home again.
8. Mama always comes home. Mama Dolphin in the sea,
9. Mama Chipmunk in the tree, clever Mama Chimpanzee,
10. and big old Mama Bear. Mama Gopher in her hole,
11. teensy-weensy Mama Mole, Mama Pony with her foal,
12. Mamas everywhere! They leave their little ones, but then... They hurry right back home again.
13. Mamas always come home.
14. In a chair all cozy snug, a mama gives her child a hug. She says, "I love you, cuddle bug, but now I have to go."
15. Her child cries, "Don't go away!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TypeAPerfectionist on June 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
What a fabulous book!! There are too few decent books about separation anxiety for toddlers. We already had "Owl Babies" and "The Kissing Hand", but this one really hit the mark!! It's perfect for my [...]twins! We love Karma Wilson and her Bear series, too!
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My two year old daughter has never known a time when I didn't work but all of a sudden she is having a really hard time when I leave..crying, clinging, insisting that she's just a baby, etc. We put together a box of "love books" that she can read for comfort. We read them together when I'm home and other people can read them to her when I'm not. This book is a favorite. The repeated refrain of "Mama Always Comes Home" and tying her experience to that of all the animal babies whose mamas go away and then come back seem to work together to both normalize my absence and comfort her.

I also appreciate that the book encourages her to play and have fun while I'm gone and that the picture of the mama driving away shows a man holding the child. More and more men are taking on caretaking roles while women are working, traveling for work, etc so showing this in the pictures is really nice. In my case, my hubby stays home. Most of my friends are dual income and while their hubbies don't stay home, when mama travels for work, it's dad who manages drop off/pick up/supper/bedtime.

This will definitely be a gift we give to other families with working mamas.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my son when I was a full-time student and was gone a lot. It helped a lot. Now he has twin little brothers (toddlers) who get pretty upset when I go places. I read it to them and while they're only 2 1/2 years old it holds their attention on its own. What's nice though is that for the younger kids, you can point out the names of the animals and chat a bit with them throughout the book or make sound effects (meowing or changing voices of the babies who don't want their mommies to go).

The only thing that is hard for me is that I've lost a couple of friends to cancer this winter and they left behind small children. Needless to say, it's hard to read the words "Mama always comes home" to my little ones, when I think about my friends and their children whose mommies will never come home again. :-( But the security and warmth this book offers to typical kids is so well worth it. When my boys are very upset that I'm leaving, I tell them "Remember boys...mommies always come home" which they will say with me sometimes just cause they love to quote the book and I swear it seems to calm them down.
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We love this book. My one-and-a-half year old likes the book, and enjoys finding her favorite animals in the illustrations. She asks for this story specifically, and will sit through the whole thing, but... we can't use it for our original purpose (comforting her when I'm not home). If I'm not around, thinking about Mamas going away just gets her upset! Even though the whole point is that they always come home. So, if you are thinking about having this book for your child to read while mom is out, it might not work!
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Format: Hardcover
I love this author and the Bear book series. Even though I liked this book, my girls (2 and 3) were not that interested in it. They like "Owl Babies" better. I should have just gotten one of the Bear books, but I was going to be leaving them for the first time and wanted to read this book with them to help them understand I would come home again. They did fine while I was gone, so that's all that matters.
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My life is a series of lessons and moments that see me to the next lessons and moments. Some moments are sweet, some scary, some a blur gone too fast and forever missed. I write for children because all of these steps started there, in childhood, and that sense of wonder, keen curiosity, and the ability to see things much kinder and more magical than they actually were, fades as time passes and years and experience claim your naivety. For me it is a feeling only rekindled when I am creating books, stories and poetry.

My children, family and friends are a great inspiration to me, and the support of my readers is a tremendous honor. It is always my desire to entertain children and encourage them to think about and explore their world, and the worlds beyond, embrace creativity, and love learning for the duration of their life. Knowledge comes through words, so for me literacy is the foundation of education, and it bears the fruit of intelligent and empathetic citizens of this world and humanity.

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