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Mama, I'll Give You the World by [Schotter, Roni]
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Length: 40 pages Age Level: 4 - 8 Grade Level: P - 3
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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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Product Details

  • File Size: 28602 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (February 12, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ZPGCG8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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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: Paperback
A story written from the perspective of a little girl wanting to honor all that her mother does for her. The little girl sees how her mother (a single mom) works long hours in a salon every day, each night tucking away tip money to put into her daughter's college fund. The daughter wants to see her mom find her smile again. "Mama hardly ever smiles but when she does, she's the prettiest flower in the world." When Mama's birthday rolls around, the daughter comes up with a plan to get her mom smiling and laughing again, and be reminded just how much she means to everyone around her.

This is such a sweet, heartwarming story celebrating hard-working mothers, showing how, with even the smallest gesture, we can remind them how much they are loved for everything they do and the daily sacrifices they make. This would be a beautiful book to share on Mother's Day!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Children of single parents are more common today than when I was growing up, but their experience is still considered outside the norm. Schotter's sweet, loving book about a child wanting to put a smile on her mother's tired face is a comforting story for anyone but especially so for children growing up with single moms.

This is a good read-aloud book for a classroom of young children or for a little one snuggling beside you. I borrowed the digital version from the library and was pleased with the quality. As much as I love holding a book like this in my hands, and as many books as I buy for the grandchildren, I appreciate the efforts authors and publishers are making to bring their works to electronic devices.
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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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This is a lovely and touching story which covers many pertinent topics including single parenthood, loss, dreams, the cozy inter-relationships between the varied and colorful members of a neighborhood of friends, and the very special relationship between a mama and her only child. Beautifully illustrated, the language is both lyrical and colorful. I highly recommend this book to children of all ages!
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