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Momma, Will You? Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 27, 2004
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More About the Author
As an adult, I read to my twins often. Then because of a nagging need to do something creative, I began to write. I learned to submit my writing to children's magazine publishers, ever conscious of the postage money I was sure I was throwing away. But the challenge was there! The Yukon (and now the publishing world) needed to be tamed - to heck with the suffering or the cost of a stamp!
I sold my first story to Highlights for Children, then many more to that magazine, to Jack and Jill, Scholastic and others. I sold three picture books: A Hat for Lily, and In A Window on Greenwater Street, to Steck/Vaughn, and The Way The Tiger Walked, to Simon & Schuster. I was a published author! But I didn't feel like an author. At least I had the publishers fooled. Not one of them called to tell me it was all a huge mistake.
I left all these glories, and doubts, in the early '70's. Life called me in different directions for the next thirty years. We now had four daughters and schools that introduced us to that annoying word tuition. I went to work part time at various jobs - preschool, nursing home, medical clinic, hospital. I quieted my creative demon in snitches and snatches of small projects until 1997, when two amazing things happened. My daughter, Stacy DeKeyser, started to write, and I was introduced to this new, alien thing called a computer.
I had EMAIL! Stacy lived in Atlanta and cyber channels smoked with our back and forth messages about writing - she asking questions about my long ago experiences, and me, trying to remember. She introduced me to online writers' groups and after a few short months, I was drawn back into the world of writing.
My first picture book, On a Wintry Morning (illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson) appeared in the bookstores in October 2000. New books are reviewed and the reviews can be good or bad. If the reviewer writes: "Would someone please shoot this writer," that's bad. If the book is given a 'starred review,' that's good. On a Wintry Morning received two starred reviews (lucky me!) and also won the Archer/Eckblad Award for the best picture book to be written by a Wisconsin author in 2000. I was astonished. The book has a simple, rhyming text about a daddy and his baby daughter spending a wintry morning together. How appropriate is that, having watched my husband help raise four daughters?
With the help of my daughter and my writing friends, I think I'm becoming a good writer. In addition to a good number of picture books, I've written a series of five easy-to-read Cork and Fuzz books. It's been an interesting and pleasurable journey.
And why do I write? I can't give just one reason. But I think what comes closest to being the most important reason goes something like this. Close your eyes and imagine you hear a child laugh. Then imagine that you are the one who made him laugh. Can you feel that inner glow?
Please visit my website: www.dorichaconas.com
Top Customer Reviews
Yes or no or maybe?
In the tub! He's not too big.
Wash him with our baby.
[Fortunately the answer is one this mom thinks is okay-lol]
We'll wash the little pig,
But not in baby's tub!
First we'll wash our baby's cheeks
And give your knees a scrub.
This is the basic format of the wonderful text in this book. A small boy asks his mother if she is going to do something: "Yes, or no or maybe?". And momma gives him a warm poetic answer.
Will she milk the cow? Fetch the dog? Catch a wren? Well- yes or no or maybe.
Four Stars. [B+]. Beautiful full-page paintings adorn this book. They are simply luscious and sweet. The rhyme is nice and the vocabulary is simple enough that a first grader should be able to read it with assistance. [My daughter is almost 6 and we took turns reading the child's questions and the mother's answers.] Great read-aloud. Good addition to home shelves.
The entire book is written in rhyming verse, so it flows off of the tongue easily and gently.
The illustrations are beautiful and many take place outdoors on a farm, and they just exude peace.
The text is dialogue between a mother and her son, and he asks so inquisitively, and she answers so kindly... did I mention this is a peaceful book? :-) And even though it goes back and forth from one to the other, the dialogue is not tricky to read because the pages separate when she is talking and when he is talking, so I don't even have to change voices, and my child totally follows it.
Every question and answer centers around a different animal. I don't know if all two year olds are like this, but mine is definitely drawn in by animals.
Momma, Will You? / by Dori Chacona
Illustrations by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher
Momma, Will You? is a simple but beautiful book, in both illustration, and word. Its soft, gorgeous, lifelike, painted pictures... and it's sweet, melodic rhyming lyric found KB and I both captivated from the first "Momma, will you feed the hen? Yes or No or maybe" to the last tuck into bed.
The story is set on a farm, and follows a gentle & adoring (babywearing!! - on a couple of pages she has baby on her back in a MeiTai looking carrier!!! :-)))) momma of a an inquisitive boy of about three, I am guessing, who is eager to show his baby sister around his world. Throughout the book (and their day), the little family makes their way around their farm, where they feed the hen, ride a dappled horse, take a bath, and share kisses with a puppy. Along the way, the boy asks numerous questions about the farm animals... and his mother is always there with just the right answer - no matter what adventures their day might bring about. Always starting with a "yes," "no," or "maybe" - her tender responses are presented in reassuring refrains, that echo & confirm her son's queries. Then she continues her explanation by expounding her response - always offering alternative suggestions, if the answer should be a no. Nurturing and encouraging the boys curiosity, all through the day....Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of our favorite children's books; a very sweet story and short enough for little listeners.Published 11 months ago by Graceful mama
This is the cutest children's book. My children love it and I love to read it to them. The rhyme and sweet wording are darling.Published on January 21, 2014 by Allforjesus
I bought this book for my son when I gave birth to my daughter. I lost in somewhere in a move and have been looking to replace it for years! Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by L. Zimmer
This is a beautiful story about a mother, her little boy, and baby sister. My son, who is 3 and about to be a big brother, loves it. Read morePublished on May 20, 2009 by T. Parsons