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My Mom Hardcover – March 24, 2005

4.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–While Browne has paid homage to the art of motherhood in the past, his latest exploration offers unadulterated affection and adoration. Choosing not to contrast the main character with her mate in this setting allows the author to put aside the sophomoric and rough-hewn behavior of his typical father figures in favor of a gentle sweetness and good-natured humor. Mom is first pictured in a floral bathrobe, coffee cup in hand; readers glean that, "She's nice, my mom." Each ensuing page portrays her many talents and Browne's clever conceits. As a "fantastic cook," she oversees an array of cakes à la artist Wayne Thiebaud, one sporting a gorilla face. As the musical angel, her pose re-creates a Piero della Francesca painting. When viewers see what she could be, they are treated to a movie-star mom, dress billowing upward like Marilyn Monroe's. In each scene, the flowers-and-hearts fabric is part of her costume, as are the pink, fuzzy slippers, where possible. This loving tribute is sure to be a hit with parents and children at storytimes and for one-on-one sharing.– Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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PreS-Gr. 2. With simplicity, strength, and complete understanding of children's perceptions, Browne uses the voice of an unseen child to praise one mother--and by extension, all moms. The introductory page shows a mother who looks like many others, with an unadorned face and wavy hair that hasn't seen a haircut in a while. Clutching a cup of coffee and wearing a delicately flowered robe over a striped tee, she stares out at the audience, while the text notes, "She's nice, my mom." By the book's conclusion, she's "really, really nice." She's also a good deal more: a fantastic cook, a brilliant juggler, a gardener. Browne uses touches of satire effectively in the art: Mom is the strongest woman in the world as she schlepps grocery bags into the house. There are touches of whimsy, too, as when Mom's flowered robe turns into an armchair. As always, Browne's paintings hold attention, whether depicting images true to life or flights of fancy, and the honesty of the narrator's emotions and Mom's devotion shine through. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (May 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374350981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374350987
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love this adorable book for Mother's Day for my preschool storytime at the library. The large size and the clear illustrations and funny text make this book ideal!! I received my order quickly and in excellent condition.
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This is a great book. We bought it for our 2 year old and he absolutely loves it. It is also easy enough to read that his 8 year old sister and 6 year old brother can read it to him.
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Bought this because the My Dad book by the same author is excellent. Little dissapointed but it's still a good book. Guess My Dad by A Brown set the bar too high :) I'd buy it again, though...no regrets.
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My grandson loves to have this book read to him. It is easy for a young child to relate to the pictures and simple words.
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The illustrations are wonderful...I love how the artist carries the fabric through. The words are kind and heart warming. I had borrowed this from the library and decided I needed my own copy to share with my grandson.
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Adorable book - I love it! My kindergarten students recited this at a Mother's Day Program. It was precious!
I just bought My Dad. It is just as good!
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I'm a longtime fan of Anthony Browne's books and this one is probably my favorite. The illustrations are lovely and it's a very sweet-natured book.
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This book has beautiful illustrations, and a very fun story that my grandchildren enjoyed, and wanted to read over an over!
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