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Me & Mama Hardcover – Picture Book, August 25, 2020
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"Lush acrylic hues of color wash every double-page spread while spare text describes the tender feelings a small Black child with curly, high-bunched pigtails has for her beautiful mother. Simple words express the little one’s emotions as she eagerly wakes up in the morning to enjoy their daily activities together...a warm tribute to a special family relationship and comforting home." - Booklist
*** "A young Black girl enjoys a rainy day alone with her mother, savoring each ordinary moment for the joyful expression of love it represents...the muted color palette and painterly style of the art evoke a cozy sense of security. While realistically portrayed, each image has a soft, dreamlike quality that also highlights the timelessness of the story. VERDICT A strong portrait of familial connection, this title captures the essence of unconditional love between parent and child, and is recommended for all picture book collections." - School Library Journal, starred review
"Cabrera's poetic writing shares the child's love for her mother in detailed bite-sized chunks...while Me & Mama offers a canvas onto which all children can draw their life experiences, it is primarily a beautifully celebratory mirror of Black life and family. Gentle and soft, Me & Mama is a loving bedtime story or a soothing read-aloud.
Discover: An endearing picture book about the love a daughter has for her mother." - Shelf Awareness
*** "Sensory details, fittingly tangential childlike observations, and familial dialogue make the narrative feel immediate and genuine...the narrative offers an elegant testament to the love-filled bonds between child and parent." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Cabrera brings a joyous Black family and their eloquent yet cozy home to vivid life in brightly colored, highly detailed acrylic illustrations...Me & Mama is a picture book love letter that captures the extraordinary bond between a mother and daughter on a completely ordinary day." - BookPage
*** "Celebrating the beautiful dark brown skin of the duo, and surrounded by various hues of blue, Cabrera’s color-saturated illustrations, a mix of single pages and double-page spreads, add to the gentle charm of the conversational text." - Horn Book Magazine, starred review
About the Author
- Publisher : Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (August 25, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1534454217
- ISBN-13 : 978-1534454217
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : AD470L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 15.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 9 x 0.4 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cozbi opens her luminous book with the following mood, set in a room where Mama is sewing and the central character is descending the staircase: ‘Good morning to you, sings Mama, bright as sun. Some times she sings it like the birthday song. I’ve tiptoed to where she is in the house. It smells like cinnamon. Papa and Luca are still sleeping, but I want to be everywhere Mama is…’ And with quiet and simple images we discover all things ‘mama’ and the beauty of mother daughter bonding is related with lyrical prose and beautiful images.
Both a tender story and an homage to mother/daughter relationships, this little book is a winner all around! Grady Harp, January 21
If you are a Mama to a daughter I highly recommend this book. The author did a phenomenal job with both the illustrations and the text. The artwork is playful and helps the reader to see things from the mind of a child. It is absolutely stunning! The part about the matching dresses was very special to me, as my daughter and I wore matching striped dresses on Mother’s Day, and it was the first one where I had a baby to hold.
This is a phenomenal book celebrating the relationship between a mother and daughter.