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My Mother is Mine Hardcover – April 1, 2001

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From Publishers Weekly

Bauer (If You Were Born a Kitten) and Elwell (Three Brave Women) explore the depths, delights and ferocity of the mother-child bond and for the most part, their foray into unabashed emotion works well. Bauer's rhymed text brings to mind the poignant vulnerability of a mash note from a young child: "My mother is pretty./ My mother is brave./ My mother still loves me when I misbehave." But because the sentences are parceled out one per page, the effect is never cloying. Elwell's stunning, diaphanous pastel illustrations flirt with the conventions of calendar art: his characterizations are mostly grounded in a realistic appreciation of the natural world, but the gauzy surfaces and the intensity of the animals' expressions are the stuff of pure romanticism. A tiger mother beams with pride as she carries her pliant cub by the scruff of the neck; a vigilant mother horned owl is regarded with utter adoration by her little puffball baby. Unfortunately, the final sequence, showing a girl creating a greeting card for her mother, lacks the intensity of the animal illustrations; the child's expressions seem a bit clich‚d. An actual card bearing the same illustration as that on the girl's is included inside the back cover. Ages 1-5.

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-This book captures the warmth of a mother-child relationship in verse and illustrations. Each spread features a full-page picture of a baby animal interacting with its mother, along with a page of text explaining what makes that parent special. "My mother is soft" appears opposite two sheep cuddled together; "My mother is strong" shows a tiger carrying her cub in her mouth; and two owls sitting together on a branch illustrate "My mother watches me long and long." Young children will recognize the parallels between their own families and those of the animals, as a baby bird is given a worm ("My mother feeds me"), and a kangaroo rides safely inside its mother's pouch ("She holds me tight"). The soft focus of Elwell's pastel illustrations is well suited to the gentle rhythms of the text. The end of the book reveals a young girl drawing pictures of the animals, making a card for her mother with the inscription: "My mother is special./My mother is fine./My mother,/my mother,/my mother is mine!" A welcome addition to Mother's Day collections and family storytimes.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689822677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689822674
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,064,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a precious book. When I read it to my little ones, I confess I get a lump in my throat every time. It reminds me how precious a mother's love is to a child, and in it's own simple way, challenges me to be a better mother each time I read it. A special thrill has been watching my six year old learn to read and read this book back to me. Hearing him say these sweet words in his own voice is a treasure.
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Our LO loves this book. He and my wife (aka Mommy) read this one many times each week. He loves reading through it with her and then laughing as he makes up opposite words... that sort of thing. Great little book.
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I found this book at a book fair at my sons daycare and got it for myself as a Mothers Day gift. The words are very heart warming, and the pictures are wonderfully done. This book also came with a card which I found so moving that I have framed it. I would highly recommend it to any mother(or father) to read for their children, or just to keep for themselves as a little 'pick me up' when parenting gets tough.
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Rec'd this as a mothers day gift. We love reading this to my daughters. Really emphasizes the mother daughter connection and facilitates bonding. Highly recommend. Great gift for expectant mom, mother's day, etc.
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I love this book so much and so does my 20 month old. She often brings it to me to read. I love the soft, simple images and how it teaches/reinforces a mother's love for her child across different species. It shows different sets of animal mothers and their babies, my toddler loves to make the corresponding noises for each set of animals. Now, when I tell her that she's strong she roars like a tiger bc the tiger page says, "My mother is strong."
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This book is terrific coming from a child to his/her mom. It teaches and at the same time shows appreciation. If you want to give a gift to a mother, this is the best and is worth more than I could say ..
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I used this book in my pre school class. We performed it for our mothers. Each child was easily able to remember what a page said and they took turns saying their part. The mothers loved it and then the children presented a signed copy for their moms to keep. I use this every year.
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Quite simply a beautiful and lovely ode to mothers. Is it lovely? Yes. It is also subtle, beautiful, and moving. Highly recommended. I have bought many copies and shared them with friends.
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