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Mama Zooms Paperback – December 12, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (December 12, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590457756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590457750
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

When a toddler sits on his mother's lap, he pictures himself transformed into a jockey racing across green lawns, a ship captain negotiating stormy seas, a smooth race car driver, a pilot whipped by wind in an open airplane, a train engineer peering down a dark tunnel. But this is no ordinary lap of pretend, because Mama has a "zooming machine"--a wheelchair that transports mother and child to work and play and, best of all, far away realms of the imagination. Cowen-Fletcher's full-page pastel and pencil illustrations, frequently enhanced by the use of close-ups, depict within crisp outlines an energetic boy in changing costumes and appropriate positions on his mother's knees. A sense of motion that provokes joy makes it easy for little ones to join in the zooming from morning to bedtime, when "Mama is just my mama, and that's how I like her best." With mother and son obviously relishing their every moment together, youngsters will warm to this unusual and commendable book--an unaffected portrait of a physically challenged individual. Ages 3-6.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-- It's natural for a young boy to think his mother is omnipotent. Add to that the fact that she's wheelchair mobile and the pair have some wonderful adventures. On his mother's lap, the narrator imagines himself a jockey, a sea captain, a racing-car driver, a pilot, a train engineer, and an astronaut. Anchoring these exploits and tying them to reality is his father, who puts the child on his mother's lap in the morning and pushes her up the "very steepest hills." Rather than being a fully fleshed-out story, the poetic text describes the action in the full-page drawings done in pastel and colored pencils. "Mama zooms me through a puddle and she's my ship at sea. Mama zooms me across a bridge and she's my airplane." The pictures feature an attractive woman, her costumed son, and her manually operated vehicle. Some are closeups, while others show an entire scene. Children will tune in to the fantasy and enjoy the speed and energy captured in the artwork. The large type and simple sentence structure are appropriate for beginning readers. Best of all, this understated book presents a positive image of a physically challenged individual. --Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Mac Monagle on November 27, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
I love this book, I am a mother of a beautiful daughter and I am a paraplegic the frist time I read this book I cried. Because right now I am just mommy and someday soon my baby will come to me with questions, and now I will have a way to help her better understand the answers. I highly recommend this book to anyone with or without a disability, children or not, it's wonderful!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
Cowan-Fletcher, Jane. (1993). Mama Zooms. New York: Scholastic.
This picture book is a positive portrayal of a mother with a physical disability, yet does wonderful fun things with her little boy, even "zoom him to the stars". The father is involved and facilities their pretend activities of a racecar, airplane, and train, even a space ship. The soft, warm pastel illustrations strengthen the emotional warmth of the story. The mother is attractively dressed and coifed-even to the two earrings in each ear. The little boy wears the outfits of the pretend characters. Happiness, excitement, mother-son love exude from each illustration. This book is for children ages 5-8 and could be a bedtime story for younger children. After a long day of "zooming" there is a tender picture of the mother holding her sleepy son. I especially like the picture on the flyleaf- the mother in her zooming machine holding the little boy and the father holding the little boy's hand---a happy family. K
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 1996
Format: Paperback
I was given this book [I have a w/c] and my son and I LOVE it!
She puts a warm spin on an otherwise cold subject: living
with a wheelchair. A must read for those who know someone
in a chair - it helps see the possibilities and not the
impossibilities!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on August 24, 2008
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This is a sweet story about a boy spending his days with his mom, zooming here to there, playing make-believe the whole way. When she zooms him down a hall, he's a train conductor, that sort of thing.

His mother zooms him in her wheelchair, but that's only shown in the illustrations, not discussed. There is a mention that "we love ramps", but the fact is that able-bodied children love running up and down ramps too, it doesn't say explicitly "Because Mama can't get up the stairs".

This sort of presentation is, I think, very important in normalizing disability. Books that make a big deal about the subject can serve to make it seem scarier and stranger than it actually is.

This book, by contrast, is a storybook, nothing more. I really recommend this to any child, especially any child who knows anybody who uses a wheelchair.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a beautiful book about a mother and her son sharing their daily adventures together on her wheelchair. This book has all the magic and exuberence a children's book should contain. You won't be disappointed!
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I use a wheelchair or scooter, and have a 5 year old son who loves to ride on my lap. I've given this book (I buy them in bunches!) to teachers, friends and libraries so they can begin to understand life and parenting in a wheelchair. Kids love the special treats (like zooming down ramps!) that only Moms on wheels can do! I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because it mentions how strong Mama's arms are from using the chair; many of us aren't strong and it reinforces the stereotype that people using wheelchairs have superior upper-body strength.
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