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About the Author

Martha Simpson has written a variety of professional books for public librarians and media specialists, including Bringing Children into the Public Library. She is Head of Children’s Services at the Stratford Library Association in Connecticut and lives in nearby Hamden. Martha and her husband have four grown children and she fondly remembers all those Mother’s Day breakfasts. What Not to Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day is her first picture book.

Jana Christy has illustrated a number of picture books, including Around the Neighborhood by Sarah L. Thompson and How to Hug by Maryann Macdonald. She lives with her husband and two sons in North Adams, Massachusetts.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 22 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147781647X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477816479
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martha Seif Simpson has written a variety of professional books for public librarians and media specialists, including Bringing Children into the Public Library. She is Head of Children's Services at the Stratford Library Association in Connecticut and lives in nearby Hamden.

Martha and her husband have four grown children and she fondly remembers all those Mother's Day breakfasts. What Not to Give Your Mom on Mother's Day is her first picture book.

You can find Mother's Day activities and bookmarks and learn more about Martha by checking her web site: Martha-Seif-Simpson.com

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I just love the giggles that this book elicits from my daughter.
Shopaholic
This tale is one that mother's will be reading time and time again by request.
D. Fowler
The illustrations are great fun and the story is a joy to read aloud.
Tyson

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shopaholic on June 24, 2013
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Every time I read this book to my 3 year old daughter, we both laugh with delight. It is a predictable book, but given the target audience of ages 3 and up, that is perfectly fine. The story goes through multiple things of not to give your mother on Mother's Day. "Not a bucket of big, fat worms...unless she is a bird. Not a mud puddle...unless she is a pig." I just love the giggles that this book elicits from my daughter. For that reason, it is not a good bedtime book, but we enjoy it at other times of the day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tyson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 13, 2013
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This is the best Mother's Day-themed book I've ever read, picture book or otherwise. It's simple, cute, witty, nicely illustrated, hilarious, genius, great for boys.. just great, in general.

The plot itself is simple enough. A boy explains what NOT to give your Mother for Mother's Day--for example, "Do NOT give her a bucket of big, fat worms..."--but then clever adds: "unless she is a bird."

Everybody knows you gotta add animals to a picture book to make it, and it works here too, but more than that I think it speaks a message of diversity which is very important. Families are all different and Mothers are all different. I love that this book says that without really saying it. It's also hilarious, because what isn't funnier than a little boy innocently giving nasty Mother's Day gifts?

Overall, this is a wonderful book that will instantly become a Mother's Day tradition. What's more, I think it's smart enough that youngsters will want to read it year round. The illustrations are great fun and the story is a joy to read aloud. I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By One Haute Mom on July 10, 2013
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I purchased this book to read to my daughter's class on the day they celebrated Mother's Day. It was cute and appealed to boys on what "gross" stuff not to give mom on Mother's Day and it was a hit with the 4-5 year old crowd.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James A. Nichols VINE VOICE on May 23, 2013
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I have four boys and got this book for them. The book is fun to read it just doesnt really flow very well if you know what I mean. The pictures though are what help out alot. The illustrations are fun to look at and make the book a lot better. My boys really liked it though and loved to think up their own things that would be funny to give their mom.
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Mom peeked out at the little boy who was tending to his little strawberry patch. He smiled as he decided to hand out a bit of advice on what not to give a mother on Mother's Day. Now a "bucket of big fat, worms" would never do, but if your mom is a bluebird it would be the perfect gift. "Tweet, tweet! Plump, juicy worms!" No, worms will never do. An old ratty looking shoe would never do, unless of course your mom is a dog. "Arf, arf! A new chew toy." No, an old shoe would never do. There is one thing that is a perfect gift, but worms and shoes just aren't. What could that be?

Dead flies are not a good Mother's Day gift unless of course you are a spider. "Munch, munch! Yummy!" No, dead flies will never do. The same thing goes for a rotting log, unless of course your mom is a salamander. "Slip, slide! Just right for laying my eggs!" No, a rotting log would never do nor would a block of salt, a pile of sticks, a mound of termites, or a mud puddle. There is a perfect gift, but there are a lot of things that just aren't. What could that possibly be?

This is a charming, delightfully humorous tale of what kind of gifts for mothers just won't do. The little boy in this tale has a sense of humor that will make other little ones laugh. Of course some mothers of the critter ilk, would love the gifts he says not to give a mother on Mother's day. The charming artwork captures every little nuance on his mother's face when she is "horrified" at the gifts. This tale is one that mother's will be reading time and time again by request. Charming, humorous, and fun all rolled into one makes for a good preschool story!
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What mom hasn't had to pretend to eat fake food made of dirt or brightly colored clay after it was thrust upon her with wide-eyed pleas, "Eat mommy-I made this for you!"?

This book, "What NOT to Give Your Mom on Mother's Day" is a colorfully comical book that fosters gratitude for mothers. It is a young boy's list of what he has learned NOT to give his mother. He extends this wisdom after making several attempts to give his astonished/worried mother unconventional gifts that are better suited for other creatures to receive.

Children see various animals that appreciate the gifts that would be too weird for human mothers to truly enjoy. They also learn how each animal uses their particular gift in a wonderful way. Ultimately, the boy discovers which gifts are the very best that he can give to his mother.

The lovely illustrations are bright and cheerful. The boy smiles on every page, seemingly oblivious to his mother's disturbed looks in response to the strange gifts that he proudly presents to her, one by one. There is no sense of condemnation, just good laughs as he gazes adoringly at his troubled mother who tries to maintain her composure in the face of some creepy things.

This cute and funny book is a great read.
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What Not to Give Your Mom on Mother's Day by Martha Simpson is a cute story about a little boy who is giving advice about Mother's Day presents. For example, he doesn't recommend giving her dead flies-- unless she is a spider. He doesn't recommend giving her a mud puddle either-- unless she is a pig. Illustrations of the little boy giving his mom all these strange presents are juxtaposed with the animal moms who would actually really like them. Illustrator Jana Christy does a wonderful job capturing the whimsy in these contrasts, and she nails the mom's bewildered (and sometimes dismayed) expressions every single time.

What Not to Give Your Mom on Mother's Day is a simple and sweet picture book for preschool-aged kids. My children enjoy the bright pictures and silly gift ideas. They also like the ending when the little boy advises that the best present for moms is actually a hug and a kiss. Then they usually end up brainstorming other ideas for their mom.

Overall, I have been very happy with ordering this book for my children. It's great to read at Mother's Day or any time of the year.
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