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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449811425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449811429
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.5 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 3–After school each afternoon, Luisas bus drops her at the door to the World. Walters World of Beauty that is, where her mother is a stylist, saving tips so she can give her daughter the world in the form of college funds. While the woman works, Luisa cuts and colors and curls delightful mixed-media portraits of the customers and plans a surprise birthday party for her beloved parent. A photo at mamas station, taken in the past, reveals a joyful, dancing couple in a place mama calls Roseland. It is this mood and setting that Luisa yearns to re-create as she exchanges secret messages with the clientele. Schotters nimble use of alliteration and words with multiple meanings adds depth and richness to the text. The characters are quirky and distinctive, captured in all their glory by Gallaghers dynamic oils. Mama, a life-giving force, is clad in a warm green dress, framed by plants. The cool twilight hues bathing the city streets contrast with the golden glow of the after-hours salon party, where hopeful anticipation yields to an appreciative maternal clasp–and dancing ensues. Matter-of-fact about the realities of life with and as a single parent, while mindful of the benefits of participating in a larger community, this tale of a hardworking mother and a thoughtful daughter brings to mind the family in Vera B. Williamss A Chair for My Mother (HarperCollins, 1982). These are scenes to savor, snuggled closely one-on-one, or shared with a group.–Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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Gr. 1-3. Gallagher's bright-eyed, smiling, subtly modeled faces light up this loving mother-daughter tale. Dropped off at Walter's World of Beauty every day after school, Luisa does her homework and draws pictures of the multicultural clientele until her hairdresser mother comes off shift. Recalling that her mother used to dance "when Dad was around," Luisa colludes with those same regulars to throw Mom a rug-cutting birthday surprise that leaves everyone teary and laughing. Against soft-edged, often golden-tinged backgrounds, Luisa herself dances in graceful, unstudied poses through nearly every frame, and the intimacy shared between child and single parent is evident (without becoming soppy) throughout. John Peters
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More About the Author

Roni Schotter is the award-winning author of 29 books for children, including picture books, story picture books for early elementary school readers, as well as middle-grade and young adult novels. Her books are concerned with imagination and its power, and the extraordinary courage of children who think for themselves and "dare to reach out to the larger world."

Born in New York City, Roni Schotter lived for a time in Brooklyn, New York, then moved to the state that had the smallest piece on her jig-saw puzzle map--Rhode Island. There she learned to love johnny cakes and the sea. She never knew she would grow up to be a writer, but she knew she loved words--their mystery, meaning and power. She was shy and spent a good amount of time watching and listening to the world, using her imagination to make sense of what she saw and heard. Grown up and an author now, she does the same thing today. Like a detective, she listens, looks and sniffs the world, then writes about whatever moves, excites or puzzles her.

Ms. Schotter's books have won various awards, including the Parents Choice Award (for The Boy Who Loved Words and Captain Snap and the Children of Vinegar Lane), the Hungry Mind Review Award (for A Fruit and Vegetable Man), and the Washington Irving Children's Choice Award (for F is for Freedom and Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street.) Dreamland and A Fruit and Vegetable Man were cited as Washington Irving Honor Book Awards. In 1991 Ms. Schotter received the National Jewish Book Award for Hanukkah! Passover Magic was cited by the National Council of Teachers of Social Studies as a "Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies." Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street was cited by the National Council of Teachers of English as a "Notable Children's Trade Book in Language Arts." Her first book, the young-adult novel, A Matter of Time, was made into an ABC After School Special and won an Emmy Award. Several other books have been adapted for the stage by Stages Theatre Company--Hopkins, Minn.

Many of her books have received starred reviews in School Library Journal, including The Boy Who Loved Words, Mama, I'll Give You the World, Captain Snap and the Children of Vinegar Lane and Dreamland (also cited by the Child Study Assoc. and named an Honor Book for the Irma Simonton Black Award by Bank Street College of Education). About Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street, SLJ said, "Schotter offers blocked young writers some savvy advice . . .[in a] fluently told tale." About The Boy Who Loved Words, SLJ said, "Schotter blends magical realism with a tongue-tingling narrative to create an ode to the power and purpose of language. An inspiring choice for wordsmiths and anyone who cherishes the variety and vitality of language."

In the past, Ms. Schotter worked as a children's book editor for several publishers. She has also taught writing at various colleges and privately. She has been a guest speaker at Vassar College's Summer Institute in Children's Publishing, at Dr. Lucy Calkins' Reading & Writing Project, at Pam Allyn's Litlife, and at annual conferences of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. These days, she does a good deal of speaking in schools to children--fellow writers--about the art and craft of writing and the importance and pleasure of using their imagination to tell their OWN stories.

Roni Schotter attended Carnegie Mellon University, graduating from New York University with a B.A. in English. She lives in a small village north of New York City with her husband, a playwright and professor. She has a grown son, Jesse, who loves writing and reading as much as she does.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anne B. Levy on October 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
When's the last time you did something nice for your Mama? Huh? How about for her birthday? What, you ask, flowers aren't enough? I write, I call ...

Well, little Luisa has you beat hands down. Her Mama works at Walter's World of Beauty transforming the neighborhood divas into raging beauties, or, uh, at least gussied-up versions of their middle-aged selves. But Mama wears a tired expression, now that Papa's out of the picture. We never learn why, but then it's probably none of our business anyway.

Walter's World is Luisa's world, where she does her homework, creates playful pictures of the customers and deviously plots to put a smile back on Mama's face. No spoilers here - the plot's about as predictable as can be, but Schotter has such lovely phrasing and vivid descriptions, you don't mind traveling down this oft-visited street where a happy ending lives.

Gallagher used oil paints, which makes the compositions seem older, yellower and faintly cracked, emphasizing Mama's fading youth and diminishing bloom. Exaggerated features, particularly noses, give everyone a comic air, but their softly padded frames and round, shining faces could only belong to a generous, kindly bunch. Only Mama is slender, but she looks more shopworn than chic.

Between Gallagher's loving details and Schotter's artful descriptions, I knew the World so well, I found myself firmly in joyful Luisa's orbit.
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Format: Hardcover
There are some 13 million single mothers raising kids in America today - so most timely is MAMA, I'LL GIVE YOU THE WORLD which tells of a daughter who watches her mother work at the beauty salon. Mama's birthday is coming - and Luisa decides to do something special to change her world. A gentle story will appeal to many a child with a single parent.
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By Iris DeMello on November 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
Mama, I’ll Give You the World is a heartwarming story about the relationship between a girl and her mother. Each of them wants to give each other “the world”. The mother wants the daughter to go to college and learn as much as possible. Luisa wants her mother to re-kindle her happiest memories of dancing at Roseland. The feelings between the mother and daughter are lovingly portrayed. The endearing dialog includes very rich alliteration and the illustrations are warm. This a must read book!
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